ISRI Virtual Events: ISRI 2020 Fall Commodity Spotlight Series


Gain critical market insights with the most comprehensive source of up-to-date analysis in the recycling industry. The ISRI Fall 2020 Commodity Spotlight Series will give you the inside track and outlook for the U.S. economy and key industrial sectors that has never been more critical. Construction, automotive, and consumer demand will continue to drive scrap supply and demand and we have an outstanding panel of economists to provide you with the most future focused analysis.

Individual commodity focused panels with bring to light the market factors unique to electronics, ferrous, nickel/stainless, paper, plastics, copper, and aluminum. Join us and make sure your organization is prepared for what the future holds based on market realities

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Registration Fees:

MEMBER:  Individual Spotlights - $49 |  Full Series - $289 each

NON-MEMBER: Individual Spotlights - $149 |  Full Series - $869 each

FREE BONUS: All registrations (full series & individual spotlight) receive access to The Economic Outlook for Recycling Across the Manufacturing Supply Chain on September 14, 2020 at 11 AM for FREE!

If you do not wish to register for the full series registration for each individual spotlight is required.

Monday, September 14, 2020

11:00am-12:30pm (ET) – The Economic Outlook for Recycling Across the Manufacturing Supply Chain

For scrap market participants, the outlook for the U.S. economy and key industrial sectors has never been more critical than today. Manufacturing, construction and automotive demand will continue to drive scrap supply and demand and we have an outstanding panel of experts to provide you with the most up-to-date outlook going forward.

Moderator: Joe Pickard
ISRI Speakers: Ken Simonson, Assoc. General Contractors
Kris Bledowski, Manufacturers Alliance
Kristin Dziczek, Ctr. Automotive Research 

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Ken Simonson
Kris Bledowski
Kristin Dziczek

2:00-3:30pm (ET) – Electronics Spotlight

Demand for home electronics continues to outperform as the coronavirus pandemic is incentivizing work from home. Please join our expert panel for a discussion of the changing flows of electronic scrap experienced by electronics recyclers and refurbishers, manufacturers’ plans to increase the recyclability of electronics; and the rising tide of safety concerns surrounding battery-powered electric vehicles and other devices. 

 Craig Boswell, HOBI International
Speaker: Sean Magann, Sims Lifecycle Services

Walter Alcorn, Consumer Technology Association
Greg Voorhees, MMR Recycling

Craig Boswell
Sean Maggan
Walter Alcorn

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

11:00 am-12:30 pm ET – Ferrous Spotlight 
Plunging steel mill capacity utilization rates, the temporary shutdown of North American auto production, curtailed scrapyard retail operations, and other coronavirus-induced market shifts all had disproportionately large impacts on ferrous scrap processors. Whether supply and demand fundamentals, both at home and abroad, will recover to anything approaching normal remains an open question. Please join our invited panel of experts as they discuss the key market drivers for ferrous scrap going forward.

Greg Dixon, SMART Recycling
Speakers: Spencer Johnson, INTL FC Stone 
Blake Hurtik, Argus Media
Tom Knippel, SA Recycling
Greg Dixon
Spencer Johnson
Blake Hurtik

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2:00-3:30 pm ET – Nickel/Stainless Spotlight 
Session Stainless scrap market participants continue to contend with a long list of market challenges. From heightened nickel and commodity price volatility to declining stainless steel production in the U.S. and Europe, and the surge in stainless output in China and Indonesia, global market certainly has seldom been more pronounced. As the global stainless steel market continues to rebalance, you won’t want to miss ISRI’s Nickel/Stainless Spotlight in order to identify the nickel and stainless steel scrap markets of the future and how to stay ahead of the competition.

Moderator: Nidhi Turakhia, Allied Alloys
Speakers: Hitesh Agrawal, Jindal Stainless
Natalie Scott-Gray, FC Stone 
Sean Davidson, Davis Index

Sponsored by


Nidhi Turakhia
Hitesh Agrawal
Natalie Scott-Gray
Sean Davidsion

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

11:00am-12:30pm ET   Paper Spotlight

China continues to play a dominant role in the global market for recovered paper and fiber, even as new trade restrictions are set to come into place next year. As a result, recycled pulp, paper, and fiber markets continue to react to the “new normal” and supply and demand patterns continue to shift. Please join our invited paper market experts as they discuss the outlook for primary and recycled paper and markets both in the United States and around the world.

Linda Leone, WestRock
Speakers: Hannah Zhao, RISI
Bob Beckler, TemperPack
Kelly McNamara, Numera Analytics 
Palace Stepps, Sonoco Recycling, LLC

Linda Leone
Hannah Zhao
Bob Beckler
2:00-3:30pm (ET) – Plastics Spotlight

Few commodity sectors have had to contend with as many market challenges as plastics recyclers given the volatility in natural gas & crude oil prices, the corresponding price competition and substitution between primary resin and scrap, and the heightened public scrutiny on plastics consumption and recycling. The ISRI Plastics Spotlight will provide market participants across the plastic recycling chain with a wealth of information about the challenges and opportunities facing our industry going forward.

 Maite Quinn-Richards, Closed Loop Partners 
Speakers: Martha Moore, American Chemistry Council
Steve Toloken, Plastics News
Scott Saunders, KW Plastics
Maite Quinn
Martha Moore
Steve Toloken
Scott Saunders

Thursday, September 17, 2020

11:00am-12:30pm (ET) – Copper Spotlight 
Although copper prices got off to a rough start in 2020, prices for the red metal began to rebound at the start of the third quarter as manufacturing reports from the key global economies showed signs of an early recovery. But the uptick in refined copper prices hasn’t always resulted into better scrap market conditions, especially in light of market uncertainty and new import regulations in China. Key issues for this panel discussion include the future for domestic copper and copper alloy scrap supply, which developing markets overseas will help to compensate for the shortfall in Chinese demand, and which manufacturing sectors hold out the most promise for increased copper and copper scrap use.

Brian Shine, Manitoba Corp
Speakers: Jason Schenker, Prestige Economics
Janet Sander, Encore Wire
Dhawal Shah, METCO Marketing (INDIA)

Sponsored by


Brian Shine
Jason Schenker
Dhawal Shah
Janet Sander
2:00-3:30 pm (ET) – Aluminum Spotlight

Aluminum prices have had the worst price performance among the major base metals through July 2020. Concerns about aluminum’s vulnerability to reduced auto sales along with excess Chinese aluminum production and falling aluminum scrap import demand have been some of the major issues for the light metal this year. Please join our panel of aluminum experts for a discussion of how policies and regulations are impacting the global aluminum landscape, how new aluminum alloys are reshaping supply chains, and how Covid-related health and safety concerns are impacting markets for UBCs and other aluminum-based products.

John Sacco, Sierra Int’l
Speakers: Edward Kangeter, CASS
Murat Bayram, EMR
Gregory Shearer, JP Morgan
John Sacco
Ed Kangeter
Murat Bayram
Gary Shearer

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