Professor Julian Allwood used his position as keynote speaker at the 16th International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2016, to challenge the industry on the quality of its raw scrap. Speaking to an audience of industry delegates and politicians, Professor Allwood said:
“The European steel industry is facing disaster because they don’t realise they need to make steel from scrap”
This forms part of a wider theme in Professor Allwood's work. He proposes a move to a circular economy, in which used steel is upcycled to high tech compositions and in which integrated business models connect liquid steel production directly with automotive, architecture and construction, aerospace, and other sectors.
The conference took place from 16 - 18 March in Berlin, Germany. IARC has established itself as the event for the global international automotive recycling industries and was attended by over 250 delegates.