ISRI 2017 Commodities Roundtable Forum to focus on China’s role in today’s market conditions

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, is preparing to host its annual Commodities Roundtable Forum, Sept. 6-8, 2017, in Chicago. The once-a-year event is targeted toward individuals who are involved in the trade of scrap commodities, from processors to brokers to buyers. It examines markets for a wide range of recycled commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals and plastics, and key trends affecting the $117 billion scrap recycling industry, ISRI says.

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

The event features a Global Economic Outlook Roundtable and a session on Mapping Global Trade. In addition to diving into global scrap commodity markets and how they are affected by domestic policies in China, the United States and beyond, these sessions look at how markets are shifting and what recyclers need to do to adjust to a rapidly evolving situation.

“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,” says Joe Pickard, ISRI 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.”

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; and
  • Bernard Uldrian, Montanwerke-Brixlegg.

Registration is $295 for ISRI members and $590 for nonmembers. The full schedule and registration information is available online. 

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