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Industry Outlook: 2017 Tungsten Recycling Business

Industry Outlook: 2017 Tungsten Recycling Business

tungsten recycling businessThere are dozens of industries that rely on the success of the tungsten recycling business. Tungsten is used for all kinds of manufacturing and production processes and can be easily recycled to help out even more businesses. Out of all tungsten available for scrap, roughly 66% of it was either used throughout the United States or exported for recycling.

According to Metal Pedia, the tungsten recycling business is on the rise and doesn’t seem like it’s going to decline anytime soon. Tungsten recycling will likely continue to grow at about 8% per year over the next five years, subsequently increasing both domestic and international production of recycled tungsten materials. In addition to the U.S., the main regions of the world that can expect major tungsten growth are most likely Asia and Europe.

Though tungsten carbide recycling provides immediate assistance to businesses working in many industries, another benefit of recycling tungsten is its impact on the environment. By recycling tungsten, landfill waste is significantly reduced, overall pollution will subside, and valuable and finite raw energy materials can be maintained on a global and national scale.

Here are some forms of tungsten carbide recycling:

  • Tungsten Sludge — Also known as “grinding swarf,” tungsten sludge usually contains between 60% and 70% tungsten (and 10% cobalt), making it a valuable commodity within the tungsten recycling business.
  • Tungsten Powder — This powdered material is used during thermal spray processes for hard facing. Companies often purchase carbide powder in grades ranging from low-grade to full tungsten powder.
  • Tungsten Alloys — These tungsten alloy mixtures range from solid scrap to turnings and sludge.
  • Tungsten Carbide Tips (Teeth) — Recycled milling teeth can also be used across various industries. These tips are typically worn down all the way to the steel underneath but still contain a significant amount of tungsten.

Whether you’re using direct methods of tungsten carbide recycling or indirect methods, as long as you have acquired enough of this quality metal, you will likely be compensated. To learn more about the tungsten recycling market, contact Tungco today.

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