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Increased recycling impetus through co-operation

In recent years, the scale of international co-operation has increased significantly for China’s recycled non-ferrous metals industry. Enterprises have constantly opened new channels for raw material security, have continuously improved their competitiveness in the international market and have deployed overseas, especially in countries along the “Belt and Road”. China has become an important participant in, and contributor to, international “green” industry capacity co-operation.

South East Asia, as a hot spot for international co-operation, currently has recycled metal enterprises in China for construction and production. Early progress has been made in the co-operative construction of industrial parks in Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and elsewhere. In addition to the transformation of trade and processing models, relevant enterprises are also deeply aware of the importance of participating in the recycling/utilization of scrap, environmental governance and industrial chain support in their respective countries, and are taking practical actions to become local builders.

At the same time, co-operation between China’s recycled non-ferrous metal enterprises and developed countries such as Europe and the USA has been further consolidated and deepened. Some companies are purchasing material yards or establishing production bases within Europe and America, while others are introducing advanced foreign technology and equipment. These co-operation models are constantly innovating.

With the further expansion of international production capacity co-operation, China’s collaborative efforts with countries along the “Belt and Road” have extended from raw material imports/product exports to investment/trade. These co-operation models are becoming more diversified.

Under the new pattern of “dual carbon” and “dual cycle”, China and other economies have great potential for co-operation in such areas as mutual recognition mechanisms for “green” and low-carbon products, promotion of the internationalization of raw material standards and technical exchanges for reducing room-temperature gas emissions.

Meanwhile, the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch (CMRA) organized a delegation to visit South East Asian countries in early 2023. More recently, a CMRA-organized delegation participated in the Convention and Exposition of the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Nashville on April 17-20, thereby bringing new opportunities and impetus to the sustainable development of the recycling metals industry.