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World news round-up 24 July 2014

Egyptian steel-makers wants duties; Steel production up; Rafako in Polish deal; WEEE recycling in Hungary; Greek recycling.

Egyptian steel-makers want custom duties on foreign imports

Egyptian Steel and Egypt’s other major steel manufacturing companies have urged the government to re-introduce anti-dumping duties on imports of rebar and wire rod from China, Turkey and Ukraine. This comes at a critical time for the Egyptian steel industry, which is still recovering from political turmoil, and for a global market struggling with low prices and overcapacity due to lacklustre demand.


Global steel production up 3.1% in June

According to the World Steel Association, global crude steel output increased 3.1% year-on-year in June to reach 137m tonnes. Crude steel production surged 4.5% to 69.3m tonnes in China. A 3.6% growth was registered in North America and 1.8% in the Russian Commonwealth. In the Middle East, steel output rose 6.1%, while production in South America dropped 6.5%.

The Economic Times

Rafako wins installation deal for Polish EfW unit

Engineering company Remak has reached a 12.6m Polish Zloty (£2.4m) contract agreement with boilermaker Rafako to assemble two lines at its Szczecin energy-from-waste facility in Poland, which is currently under construction. The work is due to be completed in July 2015. The plant will have a capacity of 150,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year and is expected to be operational in December 2015.

End Waste & Bioenergy

WEEE and end-of-life refrigerator recycling unit in Hungary

German recycling equipment maker Andritz MeWa has installed a new e-waste and end-of-life refrigerator recycling facility in the Hungarian town of Karcag. The plant will recycle 20,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic scrap as well as over 150,000 refrigerators each year.

Waste Management World

Most Greeks recycle at least once a month

According to a report by WWF Greece, people in the country are getting better at sorting waste and recycling, though Greece remains behind other European countries. The study finds that 86% of Greeks recycle at least once a month. Paper is the most recycled material and represents 90% of sorted waste, with plastic packaging, metals, glass and batteries following. According to the WWF, few had no idea what recycling was, while 13% admitted to never recycling.



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