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China’s ELV scrap volumes show rapid growth

China – The number of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in China is projected to reach 12-16 million by 2020. According to a recent study, the value of the steel scrap, tyre, plastic and non-ferrous metal content of ELVs is expected to amount to around Yuan 178 billion (Euro 21 billion) in 2015.

China′s overall vehicle scrapping rate was 4% in 2013, far lower compared to the rate of developed countries. The country lacks appropriate associated regulations as well as enough capacity to dismantle and process ELVs properly. It is claimed that, in 2013, a total of 576 Chinese enterprises obtained vehicle dismantling and recycling qualifications for a 10% increase year on year, while the number of car recycling outlets climbed 1.3% to 2268.

The report states that China′s automobile industry has ushered in an ′explosive growth′ since 2000; with car ownership rising to 137 million by 2013, second only to the United States. According to an estimated average car scrappage deadline of 10-15 years, China will see the first car scrappage peak in 2015

ELV recycling and dismantling network is taking shape in China, though the sector is hallmarked by small production scale, low recycling amount and scattered resources. The nation′s biggest car dismantling firm Shanghai Xinzhuang Auto Dismantling, for instance, boasts an annual processing capacity of only some 25 000 vehicles.


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