Hyundai Construction Equipment adds Alta Equipment Co. to distribution network (2022)

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With the addition of this new dealership, Hyundai’s North American network now includes more than 75 dealerships.

November 24, 2020


Posted by Kaily Cunningham

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas (HCEA), Norcross, Georgia, has announced the expansion of its North American authorized dealer network with the addition of Livonia, Michigan-based Alta Equipment Co. Alta is a provider of industrial forklifts, heavy construction equipment and warehouse solutions. With six Hyundai dealerships across Illinois, HCEA saysAlta Equipment Co.will be a valued addition to its North Central territory.

“I am very pleased to welcome Alta Equipment to the Hyundai Construction Equipment family. Alta believes in growing their business through excellent service and customer support and has made a huge commitment to the markets that they service throughout their footprint," says Ed Harseim,HCEAdistrict manager – North Central. "Hyundai is committed to working with Alta to continue to grow the Hyundai brand name in Illinois by offering reliable products and services that provide a greater overall value to the customer.”

With the addition of this new dealership, Hyundai’s North American network now includes over 75 dealerships operating in just over 175 locations, offering sales, service, and parts for the full line of Hyundai excavators, wheel loaders, compaction rollers and other construction equipment.

Hyundai sales, service and parts teams deliver regular product and service training to ensure dealer partners are able to provide top-caliber support to meet the growing business needs of Hyundai Construction Equipment customers.

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The updates to Oklahoma's Scrap Metal Dealers Act is aimed at strengthening the state’s statutes on scrap metal theft.

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The proposed legislation is the first bill filed for the state’s 2021 legislative session.

November 24, 2020

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Oklahoma Sen. Chuck Hall has filed SB 1 as the first bill for the state’s 2021 legislative session. According to a news release from the Oklahoma Senate’s website, the measure is aimed at strengthening the state’s statutes on scrap metal theft.

SB 1, or the Sergeant Craig Johnson Oklahoma Scrap Metal Dealers Act, is named after a police officer from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who helped formulate the language for the bill but was killed in the line of duty. Hall says SB1 was introduced last year and was on track to make it to the governor’s desk, but after the pandemic shut down the state’s Capitol for a few weeks, it was one of several measures that did not make it through the process due to a shortened session.

According to a statement from the Oklahoma Senate, members of the scrap metal industry, municipalities and law enforcement officials had been working with Hall on the SB 1 proposal prior to the session, and Johnson was an active participant in crafting this legislation. Johnson died after being shot during a traffic stop in Tulsa in June.

“I was stunned and heartbroken by the news,” Hall says. “Although I had not known Sgt. Johnson long, it was clear he was a person who was passionate about public safety and public service. He made important contributions to our efforts to help us better address this crime. On at least one occasion, he visited me in my hometown of Perry. When we had the opportunity to refile the bill at the start of the 58th Legislature, I jumped at the chance to honor his life and service to his city, police department and our state.”

Hall says SB 1 “simplifies, clarifies and strengthens” the Oklahoma Scrap Metal Dealers Act by grouping together all definitions, listing all regulated items, eliminating the duplicate language and enhancing statutory requirements that curtail metal theft.

“Scrap metal theft is a huge problem in our state, particularly copper wire theft,” he says. “This is a comprehensive approach to make sure all the relevant laws are in one place in the statutes and that any duplicate language is eliminated, making it easier for scrap metal dealers and other buyers to see exactly what is required to comply. It tightens the requirements for seller identification and adds remote storage batteries to the list of regulated materials. There was overwhelming support for this measure in the Senate last session, and I’m sure, if not for the pandemic, it would have made it to the governor’s desk.”

The 2021 session convenes Feb. 1.

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Typical applications for the portfolio will include consumer electronics and accessories such as chargers and adapters, printers, copiers and laptop housing.

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The company hopes to increase PCR in its Cycoloy and Lexan resins from 30 percent to 60 percent in 2021.

November 24, 2020


Posted by DeAnne Toto

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SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corp.), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,has announced that its engineering thermoplastics business is expanding its portfolio of Cycoloy and Lexan resins containing high levels of postconsumer resin (PCR).

Typical applications for the portfolio include consumer electronics and accessories, such as chargers and adapters, printers, copiers and laptop housing.

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The company’s new PCR material is blended with virgin material to create compounds with PCR levels of up to 30 percent initially. According to an internal SABIC life cycle assessment (LCA) study, which has not undergone ISO third-party critical review as of yet, these compounds offer reductions in carbon footprint and energy consumption of up to 25 percent and 30 percent, respectively, compared with virgin material.

SABIC says it hopes to be able to offer materials with PCR content of up to 60 percent in 2021. The compounds and their properties will be tailored according to different industry requirements.

“The initiative to produce a broader portfolio of engineering thermoplastics with PCR content complements our existing efforts in making base resins from certified renewable feedstock,” says Sergi Monros, vice president of performance polymers and industry solutions for petrochemicals at SABIC. “Together, our circular solutions from our Trucircle portfolio and services can help to improve plastic recyclability, lower emissions and drive towards closing the loop on used plastic.”

He adds, “Our vision of a circular economy requires collaboration across the value chain, and we are committed to working with downstream and upstream partners to drive the transformation needed.”

The extended range of materials will contain PCR polycarbonate coming from applications such as 5-gallon water bottles and optical media. “Such products are made with clear polycarbonate, and they are easy to obtain, sort and clean,” Monros says. “We are also investigating use of PCR polycarbonate from end-of-life automotive applications, such as headlights and dashboards.”

Within the expanded portfolio, SABIC says it also will develop materials to meet the various needs of different players in the market, with grades featuring different levels of flame retardance, targeting various business equipment applications and electrical applications, such as internal components. The company says it also will offer grades with PCR content for applications that require good clarity. The new portfolio will encompass unfilled grades and grades containing filler.

SABIC says it has set very strict requirements for the quality of incoming PCR, which it will acquire by partnering with approved suppliers that will source feedstock from around the world. The company adds that it will obtain the PCR in ready-to-process granular form to be compliant with China’s policies on plastic waste imports.

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The association reports that the containerboard operating rate was 98.1 percent in October.

November 24, 2020


Posted by Megan Smalley

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Containerboard production continued to increase in October. The Washington-based American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA’s) October 2020 Containerboard Monthly report states that total containerboard production for the month increased 3 percent compared with October 2019, and production was up 4 percent for the first 10 months of this year compared with the first 10 months of 2019.

AF&PA’s report states that October production of containerboard for export decreased 13 percent compared with the same month last year, but it was up 15 percent year to date. In October, the containerboard operating rate was at 98.1 percent, up 3.6 percent from October 2019 and up 2.8 percent year to date.

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AF&PA says mill inventories of containerboard at the end of October decreased 6,000 tons from the previous month and were up 42,000 tons compared with October 2019.

According to AF&PA’s October 2020 Boxboard Monthly report, total boxboard production in October decreased 2 percent compared with October 2019, and it was down 3 percent in the first 10 months of the year compared with the first 10 months of 2019. AF&PA reports that the boxboard operating rate was 93.6 percent in October, up 0.8 percent from October 2019 and down about 0.6 percent year to date.

Recycled boxboard production in October decreased 5 percent compared with October 2019, and it was down 2 percent for the first 10 months of the year compared with the first 10 months of 2019, according to the data. AF&PA adds that it plans to review boxboard production on a quarterly basis in 2021 with the first report being published April 2021.

AF&PA says its complete reports with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at statistics_publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-4716.

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From left: Christian Fisher of CMC Recycling, Lexi Bosar and ISRI Southeast Chapter President Barry Wolff

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Lexi Bosar of Northport Elementary School in Northport, Alabama, won the grand prize with her video submission.

November 24, 2020


Posted by DeAnne Toto

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, and JASON Learning, a nonprofit that provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and high-quality professional development for teachers, have announced the winner of the 2020 Youth Video & Poster Contest.

Second-grader Lexi Bosar from Northport Elementary School in Northport, Alabama, won the 2020 grand prize with her video submission in the contest that is designed to promote the value of recycling among youth.

“Combining STEM education with creativity and imagination through art provides a unique opportunity to engage students in recycling,” ISRI President Robin Wiener says. “Each year, we are impressed by the quality of entries from students of every age. Lexi’s video demonstrates just how bright the future is. We congratulate her on a job well done.”

The theme of this year’s contest was Recycling: Then, Now & Into the Future. ISRI says students were challenged to imagine the future of recycling and create innovative solutions for real-world problems that pollution and landfills create. More than 125 teams of students in grades K – 12 submitted videos and posters for the contest.

"Making a difference in the environment happens when recycling is essential,” President and CEO of JASON Learning Dr. Eleanor Smalley says. “JASON's partnership with ISRI reaches millions of students every year.”

Bosar’s video submission references the United States’ low recycling collection rate and suggests that robots could collect and sort recyclables retrieved from U.S. landfills.

Judges evaluated entries on the interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer, the persuasiveness of the message, creativity and originality, the quality of the entry and the overall impression of the entry.

Bosar was recognized Nov. 20 during an award presentation at ISRI member CMC Recycling’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, facility, which included a tour.

ISRI and JASON Learning are currently accepting entries for the 2021 Youth Video and Poster Contest, themed Recycling is Essential. Entries are due Dec. 18

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