The results are slightly more encouraging when it comes to predicting future volume developments:
- Only around one quarter of attendees think that market volumes are likely to decrease over the next two years.
- A further 35 per cent expect amounts to grow steadily.
- However, a good 40 per cent of those surveyed predict that scrap volumes will increase strongly going forward.
In the survey, congress participants were asked to assess the current and future business situation from both a monetary and a quantitative point of view. The results show that current economic conditions are assessed as better than developments expected in the future:
- Around 56 per cent of those surveyed described the current economic situation as favourable.
- A good 30 per cent assess today's conditions as unchanged compared with the previous year.
- Every seventh person is dissatisfied with current business performance.
- Around 46 per cent of survey participants described current volume trends as positive.
- A further 41 per cent see market quantities as unchanged compared with the last two years.
- Only 13 per cent of the attendees surveyed described current volume trends as negative.
Two factors that continue to occupy the industry are the significant number of end-of-life vehicles exported to countries with lower waste disposal standards and the sometimes inconsistent legal requirements among EU states. Moreover, there are indications, particularly from Germany, that incineration capacities for high-calorific shredder residues are increasingly lacking.
The topic of electric mobility is also playing a key role and continues to pose a number of questions. Firstly with regard to the number of electric cars likely to be sold over the next few years and secondly regarding the materials that are going to need recycling going forward. The question of which type of ownership model for electric batteries is likely to prevail is also open. In general, a number of participants are warning that increased chemical regulation could have a dampening impact on recycling volumes.
"All in all, this survey shows that, in general, the actors in the car recycling industry eye the future with confidence;“ said Manfred Beck, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the IARC, summarising the results of this first Industrial Barometer IARC 2019 for the automobile recycling industry. “However, many uncertain factors, such as the international economic trade conflicts, the slowdown of the Chinese economy and the forthcoming Brexit, will determine the industry’s future. In addition, exports of cars from the EU to countries with less strict environmental standards and the differences in legislation between the EU Member States remain a real headache. E-mobility will become even more important in future and it remains to be seen how this trend will influence the industry.”