Now is the time to take control
The upheaval in global market conditions for commodities present unprecedented challenges. Metal recyclers are having to deal with erratic fluctuations in supply, demand and currency prices. These were never predictable in the best of times, but metal recyclers are finding it difficult to do business with a high degree of uncertainty as consumers of recycled materials face economic headwinds.
It’s not our aim here to paint a bleak picture. You know the challenges you’re facing. You know that it’s also not easy to move towards a circular economy while complying with strict environmental standards and regulations. But it’s a goal we must all continue striving towards. It’s not only the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.
Managing a commercial recycling enterprise has become increasingly complex and competitive in the global economy. Compliance, inventory management, pricing, grading – each aspect of your business hinges on another.
This complexity can breed inefficiency, and dealing with outdated IT legacy systems and paper processes doesn’t make it any easier. For more than 30 years, AMCS has been helping metal recycling companies regain control of their metal recycling business by simplifying the complex through digitalisation.
Opportunities in adversity
What we do want you to know is this: It’s during tough times when recyclers need to seize opportunities. In fact, it’s adversity that makes those opportunities clear. Changing demand influences market factors, which in turn cuts into profit margins.
The more adversity you face, the more creative and innovative you should be, not just to survive, but thrive. It was true in 2010, and it’s true today. It’s important to remember the opportunities ahead, which is why it’s critical that metal recyclers prepare now.
The metal recycling industry is projected to grow from US $52.1 billion in 2019 to US $76.1 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 7.8% from 2020 to 2025. This growth is attributed to the demand for steel from developing countries as they continue to experience urbanisation and industrialisation.
Now is the time to review your operations
Take a lead on sleeping competitors. You can do several things. Diversify and consider recycling other ferrous and non-ferrous materials. By diversifying, you can open up new revenue streams. What about your operating costs? How can you adapt to changing demands faster? How can you simplify the complexities of managing multiple locations?
It’s all about business agility
Each of these goals can be achieved by the ability to be agile. To be agile, you need to leave error-prone, manual processes behind and embrace digitalisation. More than that, you need an ERP with the flexibility to enable fast time to market.
Make your logistics more efficient. This is an area that’s always required high operating costs, and really, you should have addressed it a long time ago. But better late than never. Here again, digitalisation is the answer. Best-in-class Intelligent Optimisation will drastically cut your logistics costs while supporting operational and post-operational business processes.
It’s been done before. For instance, users of AMCS Intelligent Optimisation, have saved up to 75% in administration planning time while reducing the number of trucks they put on the road by up to 15%. Other technologies can give you just-as-impressive results.
Getting ahead with AMCS solutions
We enable rapid business transformation, helping more than 600 recyclers worldwide adapt to new market conditions. Our technologies are designed to protect your margins:
- Changing prices
- Complex pricing structures
- Material quality and contamination
- Downtime of facilities
- Inventory management
- Supplier communication
- Safety and crime prevention
We’re also best placed to help make your recycling efforts more efficient for paper, wood, plastic, and textiles.
But make no mistake, opportunities exist
Bhashkar ChakravortiHarvard Business Review, 2010
Adversity constrains a key resource, which then depresses demand, supply, or both. That gives rise to unmet need and releases other resources that become redundant. An opportunity emerges for inventive entrepreneurs who can reroute the redundant resources to fill the unmet need.
Whitepaper Metal Recycling Software
Nowadays more than ever metal recyclers are faced challenges. The complex logistic recycling process, rapidly changing prices and fluctuations in the global steel market require companies to respond fast and flexible to the new circumstances.
Additionally, metal recyclers are also facing the headwinds of the global economy they currently experience. The innovative frontrunners in the metal recycling industry do see the possibilities this day and age is presenting them. By the year 2025, the global metal recycling market is expected to grow by 7.8% annually.
See for yourself: How-to videos demonstrate what technologies can do for you
Our technologies are used all over the world, and with good reason. We know the metal recycling industry inside and out. It’s this deep knowledge that enables us to design an effective end-to-end solution that provides a seamless user experience. In two informative videos, we delve deeply into several specific areas that have a profound effect on the success of your business: material grading and pricing and contract management.
We invite you to learn more now. Hover over the three videos below and read and watch what they are all about.
Mobile Grading appWatch how to video.
The AMCS Mobile Grading app is already being used on over 800 mobile devices in yards around the world. One reason for its popularity is that it takes photos of the material that arrives in the yard. The photos are automatically linked to the material and archived, giving you proof of the material’s quality.
Pricing & Contract ManagementWatch the informative video here
Let’s start with flexible pricing. You can set up individual prices by customer, their locations, commodities, dates, quantities, price codes – it’s up to you whether updates are done through base price lists, linked or unlinked to markets.
Contracts can be updated in real time and signed electronically. This is a faster way of working while eliminating the possibility of errors. In the end, automated invoices make your job so much easier. The efficiencies gained reduce your operating costs.
Case study Lang RecyclingRead more about Lang Recycling
Lang Recycling in Germany uses our mobile reporting app and Business Intelligence solutions. Says the company: “We were able to reduce our warehouse inventory by around 25%. As a result, we were able to save capital costs of around 40,000 euros.”
How others excelled with AMCS solutions
We also invite you to read our success stories. For example, Lang Recycling in Germany uses our mobile reporting app and Business Intelligence solutions. Says the company: “We were able to reduce our warehouse inventory by around 25%. As a result, we were able to save capital costs of around 40,000 euros.”
Success Story Karle Recycling
Karle Recycling is a medium sized disposal group with 200 employees. In the parent company Karle-Recycling deals with complete waste disposal, services, but mostly scrap metal.
There is never only one problem in such an everyday life, but many problems that need to be solved. From checking the creditworthiness of customers, the logistical challenges, checking incoming goods and the whole commercial process behind it. Thanks to AMCS Recy's solution we have a toolbox with which we can tackle all these problems.
Karle Recycling, relies on license plate recognition on its weighbridge, which enables complete weighing within seconds. “We invest in license plate recognition cameras and in scanners for ID cards. We connect our video systems to the system. We use mobile grading - the versatility of it in our day to day tasks, is really well presented in this solution and if the functionality does not exist yet, we develop it together with AMCS."
Kaatsch Recycling Success Story
Kaatsch Recycling is another example of a German company who succeed through digitalisation. With AMCS solutions for the office and in the yards, they have full visibility into their operations.
“Recycling is the future and for that you need a good software partner. That is why we want to give you both thumbs up. Keep up the good work," says the company. To learn more about Kaatsch Recycling and how they use AMCS solutions,
What customers say about our software solution
The global metal recycling industry is strategically important for AMCS. Due to the scarcity of primary metals, the demand for secondary raw materials will increase significantly. Together with our customers, we can further develop the companies, drive innovations in all areas and thus contribute to a clean environment.