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7th All in Print China – A Great Success -100,000+ Visitors

On October 28th, 2018, the 7th All in Print China (AIP 2018) ended with great success in Shanghai. With the theme of ‘Enter the Era of Intelligent Printing’, this year’s AIP highlighted trends and developments of printing technologies in recent years, and vividly revealed the vitality and power of printing technology. Visitors were treated to a ‘feast’ of printing trends and technology in the industry.


The scale of this exhibition has expanded once again, with an exhibition area of 110,000 square meters; an increase of 34% compared with the previous edition. It has once again set a record, becoming the world’s largest comprehensive printing exhibition in 2018. 1,030 leading local and international brands came together, which also set a new record. During the five-day exhibition period, a total of 100,933 domestic and international visitors attended the event, which set a new record in the history of the exhibition. The exhibitors were very satisfied with the visitor turnout, the number of international buyers, the quality of the attendees, and the overall professionalism of the organizers.


“7+3” Layout, Comprehensive Display of Cutting-Edge Technology, Leading the Future Development of the Printing Industry

According to the theme of the exhibition, the layout of the exhibition’s floor plan had been designed according to the “7+3” plan, covering all segments of the industry. These included 7 classic themed pavilions: Digital Pre-press Pavilion, Comprehensive Printing Pavilion, Post-press Converting Pavilion, Packaging Equipment Pavilion, Label Industry Pavilion, Ink & Innovative Materials Pavilion, Comprehensive/Packaging Pavilion; and three new special areas: Flexible Packaging Equipment area, Corrugated Box Equipment area,  Spay Printing Equipment area. In order to present a wider range of intelligent manufacturing, innovative and technological developments, and highlight the theme of the exhibition, the organizers of the AIP set up two special zones – Innovation Factory and Intelligent Factory.


A Variety of Professional Concurrent Activities to Create an Interactive Platform

During AIP 2018, there were more than 100 forums, technical exchanges and conferences, providing the visitors with opportunities to exchange information and ideas


On October 22nd, the 2018 World Printing and Communication Forum Council Meeting was successfully held in Shanghai Jielong Center. At the meeting, representatives from various countries conducted in-depth discussions and exchanges on how to better promote the development of the printing industry in their own countries and how to enhance the social status of the printing industry.


October 23rd, Dialogue with the World: Face a New Era of Intelligent Printing – 2018 World Printing and Communication Forum was successfully held. At the meeting, Liu Xiaokai, Director General of Department of Printing and Distribution, SAPPRFT, delivered the keynote speech entitled “Insist on Opening and Innovation to Add New Power to the Printing Industry”. Experts from printing industry associations in China, the United States, Japan, India, Australia, and other outstanding companies such as HP, Goss China, Founder Electronics, Artron, Yuto, Sunglow, etc. all delivered speeches at the conference, offering the audience a rich feast of knowledge and inspirations.

On October 24th, 2018 All in Print China Intelligent Manufacturing Theme Conference was held with the theme of ‘The Future of Intelligent Manufacturing’. 7 leading suppliers released cutting-edge intelligent manufacturing-related technologies in printing industry.


On October 25th, 2018 Global Label Technology Summit Forum and the Intelligent Label – 2018 “Sun Cup” Awards Ceremony of Asia Label Printing were successfully held. More than 300 attendees including industry government leaders, well-known experts, top label suppliers, product users, and representatives of award-winners, witnessed this label industry event. The 2018 AIP Indian Day and welcome ceremony for visitor delegation groups were held. Mr. Raveendra Joshi, President of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), attended the event with more than 200 industry colleagues from India. In addition, 2019 China International Paper Packaging Forum & Paper Packaging Industry Chain Solution Demonstration Forum Press Conference, C9 Printing and Packaging Quality Control and Evaluation Conference, and 2018 AIP Japan Night were also successfully held.


On October 26th, 2018 International Packaging Printing Forum provided participants the latest technical knowledge and solutions through discussions and exchanges, providing an innovative breakthrough for printing companies to explore packaging needs. 2018 Digital Printing in China Technology Summit Forum and 2018 “KONICA MINOLTA & Keyin” Digital Printing Elite Invitation Awards were grandly held, which enabled industry colleagues to experience the innovative applications and development of digital printing technology. In the afternoon, a press conference of the Blue Book of Shanghai Jinshan Printing Industry Development took place.


From 2003 to 2018 – 15 years, with 7 editions of exhibitions have been held, AIP has developed into the most influential professional exhibition for the Chinese printing industry, through specialization, internationalization and branding. As a platform for exchanges, cooperation and demonstration, AIP will help the development and progress of China’s printing industry and support China’s move from being just a large printing country to a powerful one. The 8th All in Print China will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center from October 12th to 16th, 2020.


Media Contact:

Ms. Tracy Cui

Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

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Ms. Rita Chu

Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

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Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Established in 2009, Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (MDS) is a subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, one of the world’s top 5 exhibition organizers. MDS is committed to introducing industry leading trade fairs to China and providing Chinese and international customers with superior exhibition services. MDS is successfully holding more than 20 leading trade fairs and conferences in China, covering a broad range of industries including printing, packaging, wire and tube, plastics, renewable energy, medical devices, retail, safety and health, wine & spirits and caravanning. With a workforce of some 70 fulltime employees, the company’s head offices located in Shanghai with a branch office in Beijing. The worldwide outbound exhibition business (trade shows in Düsseldorf, Germany and other leading Messe Düsseldorf Global Shows) is organized by Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd. (MDC), serving Chinese exhibitors and visitors with superior customer service from its office in Hong Kong. Visit for more information.


NEFTEGAZ in Moscow provides Impulses for Experts in International Oil & Gas Industries

NEFTEGAZ in Moscow provides Impulses for Experts in the International Oil and Gas Industries


When the top decision makers in the Russian oil and gas industries meet for the most important and leading industry event in Moscow from 15 to 18 April 2019,  to the tune of 600 international exhibitors from the areas of oil and gas extraction and processing, LNG processing, oil and gas transport and storage, machinery and plants for the petrochemical industry, measuring technology, control systems, safety systems, environmental control and HSE will showcase their technological innovations. NEFTEGAZ has been rated among the global top-ten oil and gas trade fairs since 1978 and provides impulses for experts with a comprehensive programme of side events comprising conferences, technology seminars and workshops.  


Exhibitor registrations for NEFTEGAZ have been in full swing for months now. Household names from Russia such as TRANSNEFT PSJC, Tatneft PSJC, NKMZ-Group LTD., Chelpipe Group and MTK Group, from Germany such as VEGA Grieshaber KG and KANEX Krohne-Anlagen-Export GmbH or from China such as RG Petro Machinery Group Co. Ltd., Yantei Jereh Oilfield Services Group Co. Ltd. and NEWAY VALVE Co. Ltd. have already confirmed their participation. NEFTEGAZ 2018 saw 552 exhibitors from 27 countries showcase their product highlights. The event was attended by some 22,550 trade visitors – including 40% first-time visitors and 93% experts.

The growth experienced in the Russian oil and gas sectors as well as the outstanding economic standing of Russia’s energy economy are excellent conditions for NEFTEGAZ 2019. The trade fair provides international enterprises with access to attractive markets as well as with a ideal business platform for networking, exchange of experiences with sector experts and gathering information on new technologies as well as state-of-the-art equipment for the oil and gas industry. 70% of Russia’s exports are accounted for by the energy sector. Some 11.2 million barrels are produced in Russia per day (bpd); this corresponds to a total of 12.2% of global production. 8.6 million bpd (12.7% of global production) go into exports. From January to April 2018 German-Russian foreign trade rose by a total of 23%. Germany and Russia are already speaking of a “Digitalisation à la russe” and announcing joint ventures. The increasingly strong economic relations between Germany and Russia are also evidenced by the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2, through which Russian natural gas is to flow from St.  Petersburg to the German coast from November next year. (Source:

2019 will again see Messe Düsseldorf organise a German Pavilion. Participating companies profit from attractive special terms and conditions. Furthermore, “Made in Germany” enjoys an excellent reputation in the Russian industry – reason enough for many exhibitors to fly the German flag. The corporate joint pavilion will be supported by the German Engineering Federation (Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagen – VDMA).


NEFTEGAZ 2019 is organised by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Messe Düsseldorf Moscow OOO and their local partner AO EXPOCENTRE. Held in parallel with NEFTEGAZ at the centrally located fairgrounds will be the National Oil & Gas Forum as well as the ELEKTRO trade fair. These three industry highlights held in one place provide trade visitors with valuable synergies and opportunities to network with experts from business and political circles. The organiser of the Oil & Gas Forum – acting as a patron of NEFTEGAZ at the same time – is the Russian Energy Ministry. Official support for the trade fair also comes care of the Russian Ministry for Industry and Commerce as well as of the Russian Chamber of Foreign Trade.


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The Messe Düsseldorf Group as an organiser of NEFTEGAZ:
With a turnover of around Euro 367m in 2018, the Messe Düsseldorf Group maintained its position as one of Germany’s most successful trade fair companies. For organising NEFTEGAZ it capitalises on its longstanding expertise gained in holding leading international trade fairs of similar themes such as wire/Tube and VALVE WORLD EXPO, Trade Fair for Industrial Fittings and Valves. NEFTEGAZ forms part of the Global Portfolios Metals and Flow Technologies at the Moscow location. In addition to 50 trade fairs in Düsseldorf in the areas of expertise machinery, plants and equipment, retail, skilled crafts and services, medicine and health, lifestyle and beauty as well as leisure, the  Messe Düsseldorf Group also organises 70 of its own events and joint and contracted events abroad and is one of the leading export platforms worldwide. The Group runs a global network with sales branches for 140 countries (76 foreign representations) and centres of expertise in 8 countries. Contact persons for Russian exhibitors are foreign representatives at Messe Düsseldorf Moscow OOO.




December 2018


Contact for Exhibitors:

Ute Wynhoff

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Contact for the Press:                                    

Larissa Browa

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Interview with Wolfram N. Diener, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

Wolfram N. Diener, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH (c) Messe Düsseldorf GmbH / ctillmann

interpack alliance develops MEA Region with New Trade Fair

pacprocess MEA to be held annually in Cairo from December 2019


The interpack alliance of Messe Düsseldorf expands into the Middle East Africa (MEA) region – its “pacprocess MEA” will be held annually at the Egypt International Exhibition Center in Cairo starting in December 2019. The trade fair can count on broad-based support from numerous partners from business and Egyptian government organisations and/or associations.* The debut event is scheduled for 9 to 11 December 2019 and will run concurrently with FoodAfrica, the leading food trade fair in the region.


pacprocess MEA will be held in cooperation with the organisers IFP Egypt and Konzept that also organise FoodAfrica. The fair addresses the eight core target groups of the interpack alliance: food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, confectionery and bakery, non-food and industrial goods – and all of these across the entire value chain. It also targets the suppliers of packaging means, packaging materials and the associated manufacturing technology. Recycling and environmental technology also play a role here.


“For pacprocess MEA there will be an advisory board composed of high-calibre representatives of international companies from the food, pharmaceuticals and confectionery/pastry industries as well as from numerous Egyptian state organisations and associations – which is a first for a trade fair held outside our homebase in Düsseldorf. This is how we bring together decision-makers and their know-how for a strong trade fair,” says Bernd Jablonowski, Global Portfolio Director Processing & Packaging at Messe Düsseldorf. The close connection with Egyptian government organisations is also underscored by the meeting between Werner M. Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, and the First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Sami Ahmed Younis, as part of the launch event of pacprocess MEA in Cairo on 10 December.



Entry Market for a Whole Region

The MEA region and the Egyptian market, in particular, are rated as dynamic and highly attractive not least by international groups. This still young democracy provides a gateway to the African world because it maintains extensive free-trade agreements with other states in the region and is a focus of German development policy. It is open to foreign investors, which is why large corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and Mondelez have invested hundreds of millions over the past few years. Even the Egyptian domestic market is attractive: spending on food and beverage in Egypt is expected to rise by 60% in the period 2013 to 2020. In the pharmaceuticals segment Egypt ranks among the biggest producers and most important sales markets in the MEA region. Here growth is estimated to reach 8% by 2020. The packaging sector is predicted to expand by as much as 35% between 2015 and 2019. The driver of this development is a young, growing and spend-happy population with rising education levels and growing disposable incomes.


Special Themes innovationparc and SAVE FOOD

As an interpack alliance member pacprocess MEA will also introduce its visitors to innovationparc and SAVE FOOD, special themes that have been established features at the flagship fair in Düsseldorf. With its conference programme and serving as a platform for knowledge transfer and exchange, innovationparc picks up on industry trends of relevance to this region. The SAVE FOOD Initiative is a joint project of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UN Environment), and Messe Düsseldorf and aims to reduce international food losses and waste. The plan is to establish the initiative in Egypt via pacprocess MEA. The African continent, in particular, is suffering from a high percentage of food losses – often caused by a lack of processing technologies and suitable packaging for perishable harvested products.


Interested companies can register for pacprocess MEA at from mid December.


10 December 2018




* Supporting Organisations and Companies include:



  • Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Federation of Egyptian Industries
  • Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce
  • Chamber of Chemical Industries
  • Chamber of Printing & Packaging Industries
  • Chamber of Food Industries
  • Industrial Chamber for Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and appliances
  • Export Council for Chemical Industries and Fertilizers
  • Engineering Export Council
  • Export Council for Printing, Packaging and Paper
  • Food Export Council
  • Industrial Modernization Center
  • Food Safety Authority



  • Bab el sham
  • Coca Cola
  • Delta Trading and Distribution
  • Edita
  • Fancy Foods
  • Givrex
  • IDG (Industrial Development Group)
  • Juhayna
  • Packtec
  • Tasdeer Holding


About interpack alliance

The interpack alliance comprises events of Messe Düsseldorf that form part of the Processing & Packaging portfolio. Exhibitors and visitors can recognise the corresponding trade fairs by an umbrella brand that is oriented towards its counterpart – interpack, the world’s most important event in the packaging industry and related process industries. In addition to the flagship trade fair giving the alliance its name the interpack alliance includes the trade fairs upakovka (Moscow), swop (Shanghai World of Packaging), pacprocess India/food pex India (Mumbai, New Delhi), pacprocess MEA (Cairo), pacprocess Tehran (Tehran), components (Düsseldorf), food processing & packaging exposyum Kenya (Nairobi), indopack (Jakarta) as well as process expo (Chicago). The interpack alliance targets the segments food, beverages, confectionery and pastries, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods as well as capital goods on important growth markets – with focal themes differing by event. The trade fairs in China, India, Iran and Russia are exclusively supported by the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association, UCIMA.



IFP Egypt is a member of IFP Group, one of the Middle East’s most accomplished event organizers with a rich experience of over 35 years and more than 480 international exhibitions with worldwide recognition. IFP Group organizes some of the region’s top trade fairs, designed to be ideal platforms for foreign and local companies doing business in the Middle East and Africa, and seeking exposure among top regional buyers and decision makers.



Konzept is an Exhibition & Event Management Company based in Cairo and operating in more than 15 countries worldwide. With more than 20 years of experience, Konzept is specialized in delivering first-class marketing, networking, and information solutions in high-value sectors, both in mature and emerging geographies. Our full services package includes Organization, Logistics, and Integrated Marketing & PR Campaigns for individual Exhibition participants, Country pavilions and Corporate Events & Conferences.




Press Contact Packaging & Processing Portfolio           

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

Sebastian Pflügge (Senior Manager Press & PR)

Apostolos Hatzigiannidis (Junior Manager Press & PR)

Tel. +49 (0)211 45 60 -464/-544

[email protected]

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EuroCIS 2019 – Store Transformation drives Self-Service Technology

Self-Checkout Solutions at EuroCIS 2019

Markets for Steel and Aluminium Scrap

The Phoenix from the Melt

Metal consumer goods are the world record holders of the recycling economy. Refounding turns steel and aluminium scrap into high-quality secondary raw materials. Recycling has a positive impact on the environment and conserves natural raw material resources. The resource and energy efficient use of scrap in foundries and steel mills is a significant topic in metallurgical plant engineering. Exhibitors will present trends and developments at METEC and GIFA as well as NEWCAST and THERMPROCESS at the exhibition centre in Düsseldorf from June 25 to 29, 2019.

First the furnace, then a fresh start. Washing machines and cars, bicycles and beverage cans, rails and bridges of closed down railway lines – at the end of their life, they are all resurrected as consumer goods. In this rebirth by fire, steel and aluminium are separated by type. Melts in metal recycling companies, steel and aluminium mills and foundries transform scrap into a high-quality secondary raw material.

Metals, predominantly steel and aluminium are the number one enablers in an ecological recycling economy thanks to their multi-recycling characteristics. The period of time after which disused steel and aluminium products return to the material cycle varies widely. A beverage can is only in circulation for a few weeks, a car sometimes lasts twenty years and more. Whilst a steel bridge can still fulfil its function after a hundred years, more and more reinforced concrete bridges are slated for demolition after only 35 years. Meanwhile, the reinforced steel gained from the demolition can be fully recycled.

Satisfying scrap supply

The recycling industry’s value chain consists of collection systems, dismantling companies, metal dealers and scrap processors. “The supply situation on the scrap markets is satisfying,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Büchner, Managing Director Industrials & Automotive at IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG. For the time being, the trade dispute with the USA will not alter this fact. “Even before the punitive tariffs on steel and aluminium became effective, the domestic price level on the steel market in the USA was considerably lower than that of the world market as well as that of the EU,” says the IKB expert on raw materials. We can therefore expect imports to continue to be profitable despite a surcharge of 25% import duty on steel and 10% on aluminium. “In addition, American steel and aluminium processors have by and large passed on the price increases to the end customer,” adds Büchner.

However, Turkey – one of the most important purchasers of American steel scrap – has ordered less in the USA and more in Europe. “China has also taken to teasing and has left imported scrap in the Chinese ports of entry for an extremely long time as well as deliberately dealt with it slowly,” says Büchner.

On the German market for steel and iron scrap (fe scrap), IKB expert Büchner expects an amount of old and demolition scrap usual for this time of year. “Recently, the amount of new scrap was slightly less due to interruptions in production at a number of automotive manufacturers as well as their suppliers, caused by the transition to new test cycles. Nevertheless, the supply to European steel manufacturers and foundries is still secure,” says the IKB raw materials expert.

Steel scrap: This world champion in recycling has many strong points

Every steel object is also a recycling product. In every car, we can find steel that was a washing machine, a bicycle or a beverage can in a former life. Steel can be recycled time and time again without quality loss and is the most recycled material worldwide. In almost every country, there are steel mills that return scrapped steel products to the production process. “Without scrap, there is no steel. Scrap is an indispensable secondary raw material for the production of highly innovative steels,” says Andreas Schwenter, President of the BDSV (Federal Association of German Steel Recycling and Disposal Companies). Around 600 million tons of fe scrap were used worldwide in crude steel production in 2017. “Worldwide, no other secondary raw material is used in comparable amounts – tendency rising,” states Schwenter.

Particularly the mix of oxygen steel making and electric steel manufacturing is decisive for the demand of fe scrap in the steel industry. In oxygen steelmaking, crude steel is classically manufactured from ore and bituminous coal, with an average of around 200 kg scrap per ton of crude steel primarily used as scrap for cooling. In electric arc furnaces, on the other hand, steel is made entirely out of scrap or direct reduced iron (sponge iron, DRI or HBI). This process uses a total of at least 1.2 tons of scrap per ton of crude steel.  According to IKB, initial estimates suggest that around 70% of steel worldwide was produced using the blast furnace route (oxygen) in 2017. However, there are considerable regional differences: Whilst the share of oxygen steel in the EU is 60%, it is only around 34% in NAFTA and Turkey respectively. “In contrast, the share of oxygen steel in China has risen to approx. 90%,” explains Büchner.

In the mid-term, the share of electric steel is expected to pick up again, as Büchner observes. China, for example, is currently converting four oxygen steel works to the electric steelmaking process, with further works to follow. The reason Büchner states for this is that the country now has a considerable amount of scrap, which is estimated to increase to up to 300 million tons by 2030. “In addition, the foundries’ demand is also expected to increase,” adds Büchner.

In Germany, steel scrap is almost completely collected and subsequently recycled nationwide. This never ending story of multi-recycling, for example, turns one ton of steel into four tons of new steel products after 6 runs through recycling. The German steel industry alone uses more than 20 million tons of steel and iron scrap a year out of which to make new products. Electric steel mills are practically perfect recycling companies. Compared to the blast furnace route, electric steelmaking is more efficient with regard to energy, but is economically more expensive. Therefore, electric furnaces are primarily used to produce stainless steel made from various types of steel scrap. According to BMWi, one ton of steel made of iron ore requires around 20 gigajoules (5,600 kWh) energy. An electric steel mill requires about 450 kWh to produce one ton of liquid steel.

Large metal recycling companies such as TSR (Remondis Group) close the cycle from scrap processors to re-users for more and more materials. Recycling processes are continuously optimised and new processes are introduced. TSR, for example, develops solutions for specific metals such as aluminium with adhesions or metal compositions for which recycling thus far has neither been economic nor technically feasible.

The leading recycling companies for steel scrap are innovative technology companies with laboratories and analytical devices, presses and shredders, special scrap shears, chip breakers as well as briquetting, sandblasting and sorting plants. Interested parties can visit this innovative sector, for example the Cronimet recycling company. Located in Karlsruhe, Germany, the company specialises in stainless steels. Here, all types and alloys of stainless steel scrap are processed to pure secondary raw materials of highest grading and quality for customers in steel mills and foundries. Even metal sludge and drilling mud can be recycled. With a vacuum distillation plant in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, the experts in Karlsruhe run the first plant worldwide for processing oily and metalliferous muds and sludge. With a capacity of 20,000 tons per year, grinding emulsions, oils and other substances are separated from solid materials, such as metals.

Even finest dusts, such as those generated in steel production, do not belong on the dump. DK Recycling und Roheisen GmbH, located in Duisburg, Germany, is the world’s largest recycler of ferrous residuals in the steel industry. Instead of taking residuals from filter systems, for example, to the dump, they are processed in Duisburg. This company that, according to DK, is unique worldwide manages to turn what is basically waste into special pig iron at a high profitability and sustainability level.

Aluminium scrap: Recycling with the lowest energy input

Aluminium can also practically be recycled endlessly. The recycling rate of aluminium without quality loss in the most important areas of use lies between 95 and 100 percent. One driver for aluminium is lightweight construction, especially for cast parts in the automotive industry. “Whilst the worldwide production of cast iron materials has increased by a mere 50% since 1999, the output of aluminium casting has increased by a factor of more than two-and-a-half,” explains IKB analyst Büchner. As early as 2016, the global aluminium casting production has achieved a new production record of just under 18 million tons, tendency rising. According to Büchner, the cast iron sector will benefit from part of the expected growth caused by the increased use of aluminium in automotive manufacturing.

In the long term, demand for aluminium will increase. Currently however, the increase in new capacities for primary aluminium is quite small. This is why the expert Büchner assumes that there will only be a slight expansion of production opportunities in the next five years. However, additional growth is necessary in recycling aluminium production. “This indicates an accordingly higher demand for aluminium scrap,” concludes Büchner.

According to estimates by the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), in 2016 around 17 million tons of aluminium old scrap were accrued worldwide. This number will increase to around 21 million tons in 2020, according to IAI. This corresponds to a share of more than a third of today’s global output of primary aluminium. Today, around 20 percent of our aluminium demand worldwide is covered by old scrap. Besides old scrap, new scrap is also generated. Some examples are cutting scrap in the production of semi-finished goods, sprues from casting foundries and chips from the mechanical processing of semi-finished goods and products.

Recycled aluminium is produced in the form of casting and wrought alloys. With regard to quality, there is hardly any difference between alloys made of primary metal and those made of recycled aluminium.

For the aluminium cycle of reusable materials, scrap supply is the bottleneck. Aluminium products can last for a very long time. Aluminium windows, for example, can reach a lifespan of sometimes far more than 50 years. Around 75 percent of all aluminium that was ever produced is still in use today. Part of this has already run through several recycling processes, according to aluminium manufacturer Hydro.

With a production of around 700,000 tons, the German aluminium recycling industry is one of the leaders in Europe. In Germany, the production of aluminium made of used products has long since far exceeded production using primary aluminium. The recycling rate has reached around 95 percent both in the automotive field and the construction sector and over 80 percent in packaging. Throughout Europe, close to 95 percent of aluminium scrap is also recycled from vehicles.

Consequently, the recycling industry plays a significant role in aluminium’s life cycle. The amount of recycled metal is increasing and remelting plants have new and improved processes to reduce emissions caused by melting aluminium scrap. Aluminium companies such as Hydro continue to invest in the expansion of recycling capacities. To do this, they install state-of-the-art plant technology.

With regard to energy, aluminium manufacture using secondary aluminium is hard to beat: A mere 5 percent of the initial amount of energy used are required to manufacture aluminium from recycling material. In contrast, producing primary aluminium using bauxite / aluminium ore is extremely energy intensive. In Germany, the production of one ton of primary aluminium requires less than 15 MWh of electricity. In other countries, the required energy consumption can be considerably higher. The larger part of aluminium produced in Germany is made of secondary aluminium.

(Author: Gerd Krause, Mediakonzept/Düsseldorf)