Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America, Newnan, Georgia, has announced the addition of its updated ZW180 to its Dash-6 lineup of mid-sized wheel loaders. The company reports that it developed the Dash-6 series to compete with the industry’s most productive and durable equipment brands. Designed to serve as a workhorse in loader applications, the ZW180-6 loader can handle hard-working days while adapting to a full range of varied loader tasks.

Weighing in at 32,100 pounds, the ZW180-6 delivers 26,530 pounds of breakout force, powered by a Cummins 200-horsepower Tier 4 Final QSB6.7 engine. Customers are offered a choice of a 3.4-yard general purpose bucket or a 4.2-yard material handling bucket. Able to lift as much as 3,000 pounds of material, the ZW180 can reach loading heights up to 12.9 feet.

According to Hitachi, a key element in the ZW180-6’s design for versatility is the company’s new Power Mode switch, which is mounted on the steering joystick. A touch of the Power Mode switch gives the operator immediate access to additional rim-pull and breakout force for digging into heavy piles or for climbing grades while carrying a full load. Available in any auto and manual ranges, the switch to Power Mode instantly produces a 10 percent burst in engine rpm. The Power Mode allows faster acceleration without limiting the loader’s top speed on flat runs. The extra power also boosts hydraulic flow to allow quicker bucket lifts for faster cycle times. 

The ZW180-6 also features an automatic power-up function which responsively increases engine rpm anytime the loader slows down due to travel on an uphill grade, Hitachi reports in a news release on the ZW180-6. 

The ZW180-6 targets the needs of operators with popular smart technology including ride control, telematics, auto power-up and an operator-friendly LCD color monitor. The cab is fully fitted out for the operator’s creature comforts and convenience, including automatic A/C, excellent ventilation and a new sound system with roof-mounted speakers. The compartment is sealed airtight and pressurized to keep out dust and dirt.

An extensive range of intuitive controls come easily to hand for responsive power, steering and loading functions, Hitachi reports. The tilt/telescoping steering pedestal is linked to a pop-up pedal that quickly returns the steering pedestal to its start position. The transmission offers two auto modes and one manual mode to adapt to the day’s applications. A shift-to-hold switch overrides automatic settings to hold the transmission in its current gear until the operator presses it again or changes direction, giving it the extra traction or torque required at that time.

Hitachi’s parallel/tandem hydraulic circuit makes load lifting and dumping even more efficient. The parallel tilt and lift movement smooths out digging operations while the tandem function prioritizes the bucket while dumping, as an automatic return-to-dig function resets the bucket for the next load.

Additionally, the ZW180-6 features a high level of visibility for operators. The company reports that a seamless front window, rounded engine cowling and a redesigned ROPS frame allows for clean 360-degree lines of sight. Its exhaust and intake stacks are relocated to the far rear end of the engine cover, minimizing their profile in the operator’s view. The rear pillars of the ROPS frame struts are mounted forward and away from the rounded corners of the cab. A rear-mounted safety camera is standard equipment, along with a proximity detection system providing audible and visual alerts for stationary and moving objects up to 20 feet away from the loader.

By eliminating diesel particulate filter (DPF) and the required regen cycles from its Dash-6 machines, Hitachi now takes the industry lead in Tier 4 Final solutions for wheel loaders, the company reports in a news release on the ZW180-6 loader. The ZW180-6 is equipped with a clean selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system using just a simple diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) system that lets the machine run efficiently without high engine temperatures and eliminates concerns about idle times. Fleet managers can expect less downtime for engine maintenance and extended engine life to overhaul, Hitachi reports. 

In addition, an auto shutdown feature provides further savings on fuel and emissions, adding up to about a 7 percent reduction in fuel cost during load-and-carry operations.

Telematics with Hitachi’s Global e-Service allows ZW180‑6 owners to monitor their loaders remotely for machine performance, daily operational reports, remote diagnosis, as well as being able to schedule maintenance dates. The results are also provided automatically in a monthly email summary with Hitachi’s ConSite program.

Kingsey Falls, Quebec-based Cascades, a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of packaging and tissue products, has completed the previously announced acquisition of Orchids Paper Products assets. As mentioned in the July 1 press release, Cascades made the acquisition for a cash consideration of $207 million. The assets include the Barnwell, South Carolina, and Pryor, Oklahoma, operations, as well as certain other assets, including amended supply and other commercial arrangements with Fabrica de Papel San Francisco, S.A. de C.V., based in Mexicali, Mexico, and certain of its affiliates.

Cascades President and CEO Mario Plourde says, “I am very pleased to welcome Pryor and Barnwell employees to the Cascades family. Without a doubt, this acquisition will accelerate the modernization of Cascades’ U.S. tissue platform while strengthening the geographic and operational positioning of the company’s retail tissue segment. This transaction creates value for both our clients and for our shareholders with an expected annual EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) contribution of approximately $45 million beginning in 2021.”

Cascades Tissue Group President and COO Jean-David Tardif adds, “Today’s announcement highlights our commitment to increase our ability to serve our customers and position Cascades, in the tissue paper segment, with a view to long-term growth. Thanks to our strong order book, we can quickly take advantage of maximizing the utilization rate of the acquired facilities.”

Over the past five years, more than $240 million has been invested in the plants’ modern production and converting equipment and in establishing a strategic partnership with Fabrica. Orchids Paper’s integrated plants have an estimated parent roll capacity of up to 114,000 tons and up to an estimated 114,500 tons of converting capacity. The agreement with Fabrica provides access for up to an additional 20,000 tons of converted products for the Western U.S. market. In recent weeks, certain aspects of this agreement have been renegotiated to the satisfaction of both parties.

CIBC Capital Markets is acting as exclusive financial advisor, and K&L Gates is acting as legal counsel to Cascades in the transaction.

It’s been a challenging year for base metals. Pricing for ferrous scrap has been trending downward for much of 2019, while the same can be said of copper and aluminum scrap. Nickel, on the other hand, has made gains in pricing, said Michael Friedman, president of Sustainable Scrap Management Corp., Louisville, Kentucky. Friedman moderated the Nickel Stainless Roundtable during the 2019 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Commodities Roundtable Forum Sept. 11-13 in Chicago.

In January of 2019, nickel sold for an average price of $11,450 per metric ton on the London Metal Exchange (LME). By August, that price had increased to $15,670. 

Fred Penha, a base metals trader for INTL FCStone, headquartered in New York, said nickel pricing is up 70 percent year to date, while gold is up 18 percent. However, he added, “The rest of the base metals complex is essentially down 5 to 10 percent.”

Even compared with other commodities, such as gas and oil, Penha said, “nickel is by far the best performing commodity bar none.”

Penha mentioned that the Indonesian ban on the export of nickel ore, which was moved forward from 2022 to January 2020, has affected the market. The country attempted a similar ban in 2014, causing nickel pricing to run up. Indonesia then reconsidered, and nickel pricing “came crashing down,” he said.

Additionally, the introduction of a nickel futures contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) in 2015 “has thrown a new element into nickel pricing,” Penha said. “We believe that part of the driver for nickel prices are folks speculating in China. Nickel is actually one of the preferred financing vehicles for speculating.”

Barry Hunter of Hunter Alloys LLC, Boonton, New Jersey, said he also looks at stocks on the LME—where they are and what they are—in relation to the speculation about the growth of electric vehicles because their batteries will require a great deal of nickel. He added that nickel sulfide or briquettes will be used to produce these batteries. “You cannot use nickel plate in making that particular product."

Hunter continued, “If you look at the stocks on the LME, 90 percent of that stock is in the form of briquettes. And where is it? It’s in Asia."

While he said nickel plate stocks on the LME in Asia are going down, briquette stocks are not. He explained that he believed this indicates that Chinese traders are preparing for future growth in electric vehicle production in that country.

Penha added that because the SHFE warehouses are located only in mainland China and the LME warehouses are all over the world with the exception of mainland China, they are good proxies for demand in China and globally, respectively.

China produced 26.7 million metric tons of stainless steel in 2018, or 53 percent of the world’s 50.7 million metric tons of production, ISRI Chief Economist and Director of Commodities Joe Pickard said. In 2001, China produced a mere 730,000 metric tons of stainless.

“To say that China has revolutionized the stainless market would be something of an understatement,” Pickard said. He added that China’s stainless production “dwarfed” U.S. production, which was 2.8 million metric tons in 2018.

“Trade is a hugely important part of the equation both on stainless and om stainless scrap,” Pickard said. In the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) region, 570,000 tons are traded annually, while nearly 554,000 tons of stainless steel products moved from Asia to the NAFTA region, and 436,000 tons moved from Europe into the North American market.  

“Because there is so much volume of material moving into and out of the NAFTA region,” Pickard said, “it’s not terribly surprising the number of anti-dumping” cases that have been introduced in the U.S. He added that these trade cases have been important for domestic market development.

Taiwan is the largest export market for U.S. stainless scrap, Pickard said, with demand having increased by more than 67 percent year to date through June compared with 2018. India is the next largest market, with demand having grown by nearly 88 percent year to date through June compared with the same period in 2018. 

China’s imports of stainless steel scrap from the U.S., however, declined from 26,528 metric tons in 2018 to 5,453 metric tons through June of 2019. This represents a nearly 58 percent decrease year to date through June, according to Pickard’s presentation.

PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, New York, has announced a new target to reduce 35 percent of virgin plastic content across its beverage portfolio by 2025, which equates to the elimination of 2.5 million metric tons of cumulative virgin plastic. Progress will be driven by the company’s increased use of recycled content and alternative packaging materials for its beverage brands, including LIFEWTR, bubbly and Aquafina, which recently announced sustainable packaging efforts.

Additionally, through the expansion of PepsiCo’s SodaStream business, an estimated 67 billion plastic bottles will be avoided through 2025, the company says in a news release. These targets advance PepsiCo’s sustainable packaging vision and reinforce its “Beyond the Bottle” strategy, which includes the mobile Hydration Platform and other offerings that deliver beverages without single-use plastic bottles.

“While our efforts are far from done, this is one more step in PepsiCo’s journey toward helping to build a world where plastics need never become waste,” says PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta. “Even as we work to accelerate business growth, we continue to make important progress toward a circular economy for packaging, a responsibility we take very seriously.”

PepsiCo’s sustainable plastics vision is rooted in three pillars: Reducing the amount of plastics used, boosting recycling rates and reinventing plastic packaging. 

“We’re intentionally setting ambitious goals to drive meaningful progress,” says Simon Lowden, president of PepsiCo Global Foods, who leads PepsiCo’s Plastic Agenda. “PepsiCo is already one of the world’s largest buyers of recycled plastic, and if there was more available, we’d buy it, and if there were more markets where we could use it, we would. We are committed and partnership is key.”

Cohda, United Kingdom, has designed a device that eliminates consumer confusion over what items can or can’t be recycled. As recycling guidelines continue to change and the material stream shifts to include different packaging materials, the Recycling Identifying Device (RID) was created to help consumers recycle properly.

The handheld device uses near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to scan materials to let the user know whether an item is recyclable or not. Software allows the RID to match the item with accepted items at the nearest material recovery facility (MRF).

The device is intended to be distributed by waste management companies or city councils to each household. Implementing the device will help keep recyclables out of landfills, with more effectively sorted materials going to processing sites, the company says.

RID doesn’t require software, a computer or a smartphone. When an update becomes available, a rewritable RFID card is attached to the household recycling bin. Consumers then touch the RID to the RFID card to transfer the update automatically. A product release date has not yet been announced.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) conducted the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project to collect small electronic devices, including used mobile phones, from all over Japan to produce the Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Approximately 78,985 tons of used electronics were collected from 1,621 participating municipalities across 1,741 cities and towns in Japan and 6.21 million used mobile phones were collected by phone shops across Japan, resulting in the recovery of 32 kilograms (kg) of gold, 3,5000 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of bronze.

The small electronic devices donated by people across Japan will be classified and dismantled by contractors accredited in line with the government's Act on Promotion of Recycling of Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The medals will be produced after the gold, silver and bronze elements have been extracted by the smelting contractors.

Every single medal that will be awarded to the athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Games will be made from recycled metals.

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Stamford, Connecticut, and The Coca-Cola Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2019 Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program in a combined effort to improve recycling collection in more public space locations throughout the country.

The 2019 program is distributing public space recycling bins to 31 organizations, including KAB-based affiliates, as well as government agencies, colleges and universities and Native American tribal locations in 19 states.

For the past 13 years, The Coca-Cola Foundation has supported the program, which has donated recycling bins to more than 1,000 communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Over the history of the program, more than 37,000 public space recycling bins have been awarded, providing opportunities for recycling on the go to more than 2 million people daily.

With bins placed at locations ranging from college campuses to fairs and festivals to downtown streets and playgrounds, KAB and Coca-Cola estimate public space recycling will be given "greater visibility" and access to an estimated 10.6 million individuals annually in these locations, according to a news release. Approximately 54 percent of the exposure will take place in special event locations with the remaining access being served through the placement of year-round permanent bins. The program is funded through a $350,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to KAB, which in turn awards recycling bins through a competitive, merit-based application process.

“This grant program has greatly expanded recycling opportunities in public spaces thanks to the significant commitment of The Coca-Cola Foundation to maximize public access to bins,” says Randy Hartmann, senior director of affiliate operations for KAB. “With over a third of all beverage containers consumed in the U.S. used on the go, we know the barriers to capture more containers in public spaces is relatively easy if we provide greater accessibility and convenience.”

Grant recipients were chosen by KAB based on their potential to collect the most cans and bottles and well other considerations, including providing access in environmentally sensitive areas, including waterways. A list of the 2019 Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant recipients is available here.

“Supporting community recycling programs and providing increased access to recycling is a priority for The Coca-Cola Foundation. Through our longstanding partnership with Keep America Beautiful on the Recycling Bin grant program, we can help communities improve access to recycling in public spaces, reduce litter and improve the environment,” says Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Vecoplan LLC has broken ground on its latest plant expansion in Archdale, North Carolina. The plant will be committed solely to manufacturing shred trucks for the secure information destruction industry.

Luke James, Vecoplan LLC sales manager, mobile division, says increased customer demand is the driving force behind the expansion. “We’re going to deliver what our customers have been asking for,” he says. Vecoplan’s investment in “cutting-edge equipment and highly skilled personnel … will double our production capacity and cut lead times to an absolute minimum,” James adds.

Once completed, Vecoplan will have 50,000 square feet of dedicated manufacturing space at its U.S. headquarters in Archdale. The new factory will use streamlined modular assembly lines that maximize production efficiency and facilitate future expansions, according to the company.

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During the groundbreaking ceremony, Vecoplan Chief Sales Officer Bob Gilmore welcomed attendees and reiterated Vecoplan’s intent to continue leading the market with innovation, quality and rapid response to customer’s needs.

“This facility and the very significant investment further solidifies our ongoing commitment to the information management and secure destruction market,” he said. “When complete, this expansion will put Vecoplan in a better position to provide quick delivery of the products the market is demanding”.

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