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Recyclers to Look at the Present and Prepare for the Future at Annual Commodities Roundtable

This year's Roundtable will focus heavily on the role China plays in today's market conditions.

(Washington, D.C.) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, is once again hosting its annual Commodities Roundtable Forum, September 6-8, 2017, in Chicago. The once a year event is a must-attend for all involved in the trade of scrap commodities, from processors to brokers to buyers. It provides the most comprehensive view of what is happening across a wide range of recycled commodities including ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, and the key trends impacting the $117 billion scrap recycling industry.

With China notifying the World Trade Organization of its’ intent to ban certain scrap imports, this year’s Roundtable will focus heavily on the potential impact of shifting trade policies from key countries, and next steps recyclers can take to ensure their businesses do not suffer.

The feature events this year will be the Global Economic Outlook Roundtable, and a session on Mapping Global Trade. These broad-ranging programs will take a look at how markets are shifting, what recyclers need to do to adjust to a rapidly evolving situation, and dive into global scrap commodity markets and how they are impacted by domestic policies in China, the United States, and beyond

“With 40 percent of U.S. scrap exports destined for China alone, and other potential commodity market issues such as National Sword, U.S. Department of Commerce investigations into the effect of steel and aluminum imports on national security, and much more, recyclers need guidance on next steps,” said Joe Pickard, ISRI’s chief economist and director of commodities. “This year’s Roundtable will delve deep into global market outlooks and give attendees a much better sense of what’s coming next.”

ISRI has assembled a group of expert speakers from around the world to shed light on the important issues impacting the scrap industry, in their specific fields. This year’s speakers and moderators include:

  • Salim Bhabrawala, U.S. International Trade Administration
  • David Borsuk, Sadoff Iron & Metal
  • Jin Chang, CME Group
  • Greg Dixon, Smart Recycling Management
  • Martin Dixon, Drewry Shipping Consultants, Ltd.
  • Randy Goodman, Greenland America
  • Robert Hunter, Midrex
  • Jim Lennon, Macquarie Research
  • Don Smale, International Metals Study Groups
  • Mike Southwood, CRU Group
  • Bernard Uldrian, Montanwerke-Brixlegg

Registration is currently $295 for ISRI members, and $590 for nonmembers. Full schedule and registration information is available online.

The event is free and open to the press. Members of the media should contact Rachel Bookman for information on how to obtain press credentials.

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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,100 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 35 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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