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Opportunities in the Production of Secondary Nonferrous Metals.

Spendlove MJ
Abs in Utilization of Non-ferrous Scrap Metal Un Pub E 70 II b 30 P 71 :1 pages
Discarded durable metal goods comprise a substantial part of the raw materials currently processed by secondary smelters and are a growing metal resource in the United States. Documented data on the actual quantity of scrap materials processed annually show that these materials supply a large part of the total metals consumed. The record also shows that primary and secondary metal production rise and fall approximately in unison, and the fraction of metal supplied from scrap even seems to be increasing slightly more rapidly than primary metal production. Such data may be useful for estimating the profitable scale of operations in a developing country simply by comparing its level of industrialization with comparable reliable data published by other countries. The ratio of profitable secondary metal production for two countries should be approximately proportional to the rate of the their levels of industrialization. Such a comparison of data would simply indicate the total volume potential, but the economic potential could then be estimated in accordance with domestic capabilities and other assets. Accordingly, opportunities in the production of secondary metals would be found through several means such as judicious management, adopting only the most efficient technology, and possibly negotiating trade agreements.
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Abs. in Utilization of Non-ferrous Scrap Metal, Un Pub. E.70.II.b.30, P. 71
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