aluminium expo
03-05 July 2024
Shanghai New International Expo Center

ALUMINIUM CHINA Prepares for in-depth Discussion On the Future of China’s Recycled Aluminium Industry

Preparations for ALUMINIUM CHINA 2020 are underway. World-leading aluminium producers, such as Novelis, Nikkeikin, CHALCO, Nanshan, ALNAN, and Mingtai, will exhibit with cutting-edge materials and experience in recycling sector. Meanwhile, leading aluminium recyclers Lizhong, Sigma Group and technology suppliers including OTTO JUNKER, Bobby Bartz, TOMRA are invited to share the technology about aluminium recycling. 

Guests will gather on “Future Aluminium Plant - China Aluminium Recycling Innovation and Development Conference” to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing China’s  aluminium recycling and reusing.


Former grade regeneration in aluminium alloy becomes the future focus; primary and secondary aluminium producers are closely collaborating to promote energy efficiency

China is the world’s largest producer, consumer and exporter of aluminium, yet scrap aluminium consumption by aluminium manufacturers remains low. Also, a substantial portion of what was once quality wrought aluminium alloy is degraded. Thus, ongoing build-out of quality closed-loop recycling system and advocation for former grade regeneration are crucial.

Among the world’s leading closed-loop recycling systems are the automotive aluminium plate recycling system by Novelis, and Hydro’s consumer waste recycling projects. Bellwethers in China have already been advancing the recycling business. For example, Weiqiao Pioneering and Sigma Group are partnering on a 300,000 tons/year recycled aluminium project, while Zhongfu is working with Sigma Group to build a 200,000 tons/year direct supply project for secondary aluminium alloy liquid. Another way would be upgrading the aluminium scrap recycling systems, which is taken by Nanshan and Mingtai.


Domestic recycled aluminium supply may replace import as demand grows, leading to the increasing need of recycling technology

Statistics from Antaike show that the share of imported aluminium scrap in raw material for secondary aluminium has decreased from 50% in 2010 to 18%, while domestic scrap increased from 28% to 55%.

Apart from policy constraints, the COVID-19 epidemic is predicted to further reduce the aluminium scrap import in 2020. Domestic supply may replace import to become the primary source of aluminium scrap, leading to demand increase of recycling technology.

“China’s recycling aluminium industry is going through transformation. And how we ensure the proper use of domestic aluminium scrap is a new challenge for the whole industry.” said Mr. Gu from Nanshan Group, an exhibitor at ALUMINIUM CHINA 2020.