Top 10 Car Recycling Companies In The World

09 Aug, 2022 | Blogs

Recycling a vehicle is reusing all of its components to manufacture new items. Automobiles contain numerous recyclable materials, including steel, aluminum, iron, and plastics. Recycled materials can be utilized for various purposes, including the production of additional automobiles and bicycles, the building of houses, and the production of necessary consumer items. Every day, more and more individuals recycle their vehicles. The European Union asserts seven to eight million tons of garbage annually by end-of-life vehicles or EVLs. Recycling automobiles is therefore essential. To limit the amount of hazardous waste in the environment, it is vital to treat these materials carefully. These vehicles must be disposed of by professionals who understand how to dispose of dangerous compounds such as gasoline, coolants, and brake fluids.

The global car recycling market had a revenue share of USD 31,321 million, projected to reach USD 1,38,308 million, at a CAGR of 20.4% during the forecast period. A full-size automobile can weigh between 3,000 and 5,200 pounds. On average, around 95% of a vehicle's volume is recyclable, 90% of its volume, and 50% of its lubricating oil. Overall, this recycling movement benefits the environment, particularly in terms of lowering pollution and preserving resources. It also presents substantial financial prospects for people who wish to become recyclers.

Car Recycling Market

Drivers of the Global Car Recycling Market

One main reason influencing the growth of the car recycling market is the fast industrialization and urbanization occurring worldwide. In addition, the extensive use of metal scrap, particularly steel, in producing cheaper, lighter, and more fuel-efficient cars is another growth-inducing factor. Increasing consumer awareness of the environmental merits of employing recycled materials and decreasing reliance on natural resources also contributes to the market's expansion. Automobile recyclers use sophisticated equipment and processes to remove polymers, fluids, and natural resources from recycled vehicles with minimal environmental impact. In addition, they utilize various sophisticated tools, like optical sensors, to locate microscopic metal fragments in the scrap. Other factors, such as the increasing use of recycled batteries in the production of consumer devices and the execution of regulatory standards to reduce the environmental risks posed by the disposal of batteries, rubber, oils, and other materials, are anticipated to drive the car recycling market in the coming years. 

Governments worldwide, including the United States, have been active in imposing high levies on the import of virgin steel to sustain commodity prices and promote material recycling. Therefore, automakers are required to utilize recycled steel. Recyclers associations and governments across the globe, such as the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are implementing environmentally friendly procedures. Automakers and manufacturers of auto parts are required to employ refurbished and recycled components. In addition, more excellent promotion of recycling and the introduction of innovative models, like Green Recycled Parts (GRP) by ARA, are likely to propel the global car recycling market over the coming years.

Top 10 Companies in Car Recycling

  1. Scholz Recycling GMBH

    Scholz Recycling GmbH is the market leader in Germany and Europe for recycling end-of-life vehicles. A recycling park was constructed in Binzhou by the Scholz Joint Venture and China's most significant aluminum production, Hongqiao. The companies intended to recycle 50,000 electric vehicles and their batteries at the new yard constructed as part of this effort. Scholz is also determined to expand its operations for its established customer and supplier base in Europe, particularly in the automobile industry, on the Chinese market. The project provides comprehensive support for the targeted expansion of the circular economy and sustainable development; hence, the new facility in Shandong Province could become a model for Chinese and other international industrial players.

    The company’s subsidiaries include: Fritz Kuttin Gesellschaft M.B.H., MRR Mitteldeutsche Rohstoff-Recycling GmbH, Fegert Group, EKO Schrottrecycling GmbH, Eisenbahn-Handels-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. 

  2.  Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. 

    Schnitzer is involved in the recycling of metals. The company, founded in 1906, collects, processes, and recycles ferrous and non-ferrous metal products and supplies refined scrap metal to mills and foundries worldwide. Customers from the United States and Canada can get inexpensive, high-quality auto components at the used auto parts stores. The steel manufacturing facility converts recovered scrap metal into high-quality steel products like reinforcing bars (rebar), wire rod, coiled bar, merchant bar, and other specialty items. Schnitzer is involved in collecting, processing, and selling steel, the most recycled material on the planet. Schnitzer has 94 recycling facilities, including seven deep water ports – on both U.S. coastlines, in Hawaii and in Puerto Rico – that facilitate the efficient supply of processed waste metals to steel mills and foundries worldwide.

  3.  LKQ Corporation

    LKQ Corporation is the premier replacement and specialized components provider to repair and outfit automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ conducts business in North America, Europe, and Taiwan. LKQ provides its customers with an extensive selection of replacement systems, materials, equipment, and parts for repairing and accessorizing automobiles, trucks, recreational vehicles, and performance vehicles. The company then expanded internationally through internal growth and around 270 acquisitions of manufacturers and suppliers of aftermarket, recycled, refurbished, and remanufactured products, self-service retail establishments, and specialist automotive aftermarket equipment and accessories.

    The company's subsidiaries include LKQ Europe, LKQ North America, and LKQ Speciality. 

  4.  Toyota Motor Corporation

    Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Metal have established the Automobile Recycle Technical Center, where research is conducted on several topics, such as how to design recyclable automobiles. Toyota Motor Corporation manufactures automobiles under five brands: Daihatsu, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Toyota. In response to the increase in hybrid electric vehicle sales in Japan, the company developed several world-first initiatives, including the establishment of a battery-to-battery recycling network for end-of-life batteries, the development of a vehicle-to-vehicle recycling system, and the development of efficient dismantling technologies for magnets containing neodymium, dysprosium, and other rare-earth metals.

  5.  Sims Metal Management Limited

    Sims Metal Management Ltd is a company that recycles metals and electronics. It specializes in recycling ferrous and non-ferrous metals, post-consumer electronic items, and municipal garbage. It was founded in 1917 and had its principal operations in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Sims Metal Management purchases ferrous metal from metal merchants, peddlers, vehicle dismantlers, demolition companies, and others who produce outmoded metal, as well as from manufacturers who produce industrial metal. Various techniques are used to prepare ferrous metal for resale, such as sorting, shredding, sawing, torching, baling, and breaking. After being processed, recycled ferrous metal is sold to end customers, including EAF mills, integrated steel mills, foundries, and brokers.

  6.  European Metal Recycling (EMR)

    The European Metal Recycling GmbH is engaged in recycling. The company recycles steel, demolition debris, non-ferrous metals, and electronic items. European Metal Recycling services global customers. EMR has joined three major programs of The Climate Group, a non-profit organization with European offices in London. These include RE100 to expedite the shift to renewables, EV100 to migrate to electric cars, and EP100 to boost its global portfolio's energy productivity.

  7.  Hensel Recycling Group

    Hensel Recycling Group is one of the foremost multinational companies dealing in recycling precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium from automobile and industrial catalytic converters. The organization has consistently invested in new technologies and procedures for efficiently recycling precious resources and preserving life in a sustainable manner. Continuously, the company participates in research and development programs like BEST4Hy – an international collaborative project on the recycling of fuel cells – and ReSi-Norm – national cooperation to enhance the recycling of P.V. modules.

  8.  Volkswagen AG

    Volkswagen AG, also known as the Volkswagen Group globally, is a German multinational automaker headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. Volkswagen Group Components established its first battery recycling facility in Salzgitter. As pilot operations commenced, the Volkswagen Group took a decisive step toward end-to-end responsibility for the electric car battery's entire value chain. The long-term objective is to industrialize the recovery of precious raw materials like lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt in a closed loop with aluminum, copper, and polymers, achieving a recycling rate of greater than 90 %.

    The company subsidiaries include Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ŠKODA, SEAT, CUPRA, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche, and Ducati. The Volkswagen Group has many additional brands and business divisions, including financial services.

  9. Keiaisha Co., Ltd.

    The company is involved in various segments such as the Metal Scrap Business- production and sale of steel production components and non-ferrous metals, as well as demolition services. Automotive Parts Business- production and sale of automobile parts. Automotive Recycling Business- demolishing used automobiles and selling secondhand parts. Aluminum Recycling Business- production and distribution of recycled aluminum alloys. Service and Trading Business- steel supplies, machine tools, toolkits, and oils for sale; auto rental, casualty insurance agencies, and so on. The company's subsidiaries include K.I. Corporation (USA), KI-Lat Krabang Co., Ltd. (Thailand), KEIAISHA MEX S. de R.L. de C.V. (Mexico), KI-Ecotech Co., Ltd. (Thailand), Khmer Innovative Service Co., Ltd. (Cambodia). 

  10. Indra Automobile Recycling 

    Indra Automobile Recycling is a French company headquartered in Ville Fontaine, Rhône-Alpes. With 200 workers and a 45-million-euro turnover in 2017, the Group, owned equally by Renault and Suez, transformed car recycling with its forward-thinking approach to environmental and social concerns. Indra Automobile Recycling has been a prominent French player in the closed-loop circular economy for the past three decades, advocating the organization of the supply of raw materials and used replacement components. It is also involved in processing end-of-life automobiles and accident-damaged vehicles, regardless of their origin. 


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