(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ (ISRI) annual commodity spotlight series continues this week with the Spotlight on Copper on Wednesday, May 20. The Spotlight on Aluminum follows next week on Wednesday, May 27.
Spotlight on Copper: Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 p.m. ET.
As with other commodities, copper scrap markets have experienced significant downturns in both supply and demand this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis and corresponding downturn in global manufacturing. In particular, slower Chinese economic growth and heightened barriers to trade have been key drivers for both copper cathode and copper scrap market participants as copper scrap trade flows to China have been sharply curtailed. Join our invited panelists for a discussion of the latest copper and copper scrap market developments in the United States, Europe, and China and the outlook going forward.
Spotlight on Aluminum: Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 p.m. ET.
Aluminum scrap market conditions were already challenging prior to the COVID-19 pandemic as domestic aluminum consumption deteriorated in the face of weaker demand from the transportation sector and other industries. The shifting trade policy landscape and U.S.-China trade war compounded the challenging market conditions for aluminum mills, secondary smelters, and their scrap suppliers. Please join our expert panel of speakers for a discussion of the macroeconomic, trade, and industry drivers that are reshaping the U.S. and global aluminum markets.
Additional Spotlights are tentatively scheduled as follows:
- June 3: Spotlight on Paper
- June 11: Spotlight on Plastics
The virtual spotlight series is free for ISRI members. The rate for nonmembers is $195. Working members of the media wishing to attend should contact Rachel Bookman.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 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 $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.