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Fred Nijkerk: ’Mister Recycling’ comes of age

Archiv – Alfred Nijkerk, author of Recycling International’s highly-valued monthly analyses of the ferrous and stainless steel & special alloys markets, celebrated his 75th birthday on June 10. Known in The Netherlands as ’Mister Recycling’, Alfred was present at the foundation of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) in Amsterdam some 58 years ago when he was only 17 years of age.Alfred Nijkerk, author of Recycling International’s highly-valued monthly analyses of the ferrous and stainless steel & special alloys markets, celebrated his 75th birthday on June 10. Known in The Netherlands as ’Mister Recycling’, Alfred was present at the foundation of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) in Amsterdam some 58 years ago when he was only 17 years of age.
Born in 1930 into a family with a long metal recycling tradition which ran scrap yards in The Netherlands and Belgium, Fred joined the family business in 1956 after having completed his law studies. His was a ’hands-on’ education: he learned to sort and recognise the different metals and, a few years later, turned his skills to metals trading. Once the family business B.J. Nijkerk had been sold to Dutch steel producer Hoogovens in 1965, Fred set up in business as a metals trader and was later involved in the Dutch shipbreaking sector for several years.
In 1972, Fred set up a worldwide ferrous and non-ferrous recycling division for Dutch metals company Billiton. When the company decided to dispense with all its recycling activities a decade later, Fred bought the Dutch recycling magazine ’Magazine Recycling Benelux’ which he had co-founded in 1966. He sold it in 1990 and it still exists to this day.
Besides being directly involved in the metal recycling industry, Fred has been engaged in many other related activities. To name but a few: he partnered Prof. Wijnand Dalmijn of the Delft University of Technology in writing the highly-successful ’Handbook of Recycling Techniques’; he has been President of the Dutch Scrap Federation for more than 25 years; he has been Chairman of BIR’s Public Relations Committee; and Vice-President of the BIR Ferrous Division and Shredder Committee.
Since the launch of Recycling International in 1998, Fred has been contributing his in-depth monthly analysis of the worldwide ferrous scrap market and, more recently, the stainless steel and special alloys market report. Both of these are valued highly by thousands of scrap traders and recyclers around the world.
The Recycling International team wishes Fred a long, happy and prosperous life and hope he will continue to write his razor-sharp analyses.

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