Metal shredders face stiff competition
Big metal shredders capable of munching cars, trucks, whole engine blocks and most anything else fed into their mouths are phenomenal feats of engineering costing millions of dollars each. Operating at full capacity, under ideal market conditions with advanced nonferrous sorting technology they can be huge money-making machines. But now, it appears, there are too many mouths to feed and not enough raw scrap to go around. Industry sources say that many shredders are running at 50 to 70 percent capacity. Some large shredders sit idle. But, as always, there are exceptions.
According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) there are now more than 340 large metal shredders operating in North America, up from the roughly 120 shredders in the 1970s. And, more shredders come on line every year, many smaller, but some bigger, more powerful and more efficient than ever before. ...read more
Automotive recyclers seek parts information
As new cars have come packed with more programmable electronic components, composite materials and smart technologies, it’s become increasingly difficult for automotive recyclers to reliably detenrmine whether an original equipment manufactured (OEM) recycled part is the right one to use to repair or service a specific car. Auto manufacturers have detailed parts information, and provide it to dealers and insurance service and repair networks, but have been reluctant to give access to recyclers. Last year automotive recyclers asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require car companies to supply them with comprehensive parts data as part of proposed recall regulation.
The growth in electronic parts is one factor driving the request, said Michael Wilson, CEO of the Automotive Recyclers Association, based in Manassas, Virginia. Electronic components may look exactly alike while being programmed to function only on one specific make, model and year of vehicle.
To determine whether the part can be recycled, a recycler has to know whether the part needs reprogramming, if it is still functional and if it is the correct match. Without detailed parts and reprogramming information, Wilson said, recyclers have to spend extra time and effort to provide customers with what they hope is the best recycled part for their vehicle. ...read more