The Importance of Superalloys

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The use of superalloys is crucial in today’s modern high-tech world. Many of these high-performance alloys are nickel-based containing the alloying elements of Cobalt, Tantalum, Molybdenum, Tungsten, Titanium, and Rhenium.

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5 Key Tips when Recycling Superalloys

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Recycling superalloys are critical to the aviation industry. As engineers continue to develop the next generation of high performing engines and aircraft, improving sustainability and reducing emissions is vital. Because emerging technologies require materials that can tolerate extreme temperatures without melting.

Many alloying elements today are scarce in the market. This scarcity is the result of either rapid depletion of land-based primary resources or because certain elements are rare. This increase in demand and the shortage of supply make these Energy-Critical Elements (ECE’s) some of the most sought after industrial metals. With the importance of these alloying elements, here are five essential tips to give you that competitive advantage when it comes to the metal recycling of superalloys.

Tip#1: The material is more valuable than the sum of its parts

Some of the new generations of superalloys contain 3%-6% of rare elements such as Rhenium and Ruthenium. In April 2019, prices for Re and Ru are listed at US$1,290/lb and US$263/oz. The value of these two elements may be higher than the total of the other metals present. It is an important point to consider with the recycling of superalloys: even though it involves processing of large amounts of material, you collect on the alloy, not the contents.

Tip#2: Certain Alloys Fall Under ITAR Restrictions

Free markets for the trade and commerce on particular exports, such as specific scrap metals, are not always as free as one would think. The U.S. has strategic policies in place, such as ITAR, where many countries and organizations are subject to trade sanctions, embargoes and restrictions under U.S law. When exporting to Canada, U.S. companies selling their superalloys for scrap are not limited by the constraints imposed by ITAR. There are no applications and no registrations, which makes doing business in Canada a fantastic opportunity for those looking to recycle industrial metals.

Tip#3: Many Superalloys Have Precious Metal Coatings

Nickel-based superalloys are used extensively in specific sections of gas turbine engines and other propulsive power machines, as they operate in high-temperature environments. Often, platinum-modified coatings are applied to these superalloy surfaces to enhance and improve their resistance to these extreme environmental conditions. Precious-metal modified superalloys are highly sought out for their high value and utility. If you are selling your metal scrap superalloys, it’s important to know about these coatings. They bring additional value.

Tip#4: Ensure Your Material is Separated

It’s important to keep your materials separated. Avoiding confusion before your scrap metal gets to the scale is the best way to make sure you receive the best price for your material. If you need help getting your elements separated, Globe Metal provides this added value service as a surcharge.

Tip#5: Ensure Your Materials Are Destroyed

If you require secure and compliant material disposal measures, make sure that your metal recycler can provide you with certifications of disposal. We understand the importance of protecting propriety technology and trade secrets. That is why Globe Metal provides certified destruction services. We destroy and catalogue your propriety equipment.


If you have any questions, we are always happy to answer you. If you are attending MRO Americas in Atlanta April 9 to 11, come meet us at booth 4850. We are your experts in recycling soft metal materials.

Globe Metal Celebrates Global Recycling Day

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Globe Metal Celebrates Global Recycling Day

Over 34 million pounds were recycled by the company in the last year alone.

Globe Metal keeps metals out of landfills on a daily basis by helping environmentally-minded companies find ways for their materials to be reused. Not only does Globe Metal help companies save disposal costs, but the company helps them to make money with their metal waste streams.

“The recycling industry makes invaluable contributions to our planet on two significant levels, economically and environmentally. Metals as a primary resource are valuable and finite. It is our responsibility to use them wisely,” said Globe Metal CEO Jeff Solomon.

Just last year, Globe Metal helped companies around the world recycle over 34 million pounds of metal. In the previous decade, that figure explodes to 289 million pounds of metal. With more than four decades in the metal recycling business, Globe Metal has a worldwide network of consumers who buy recycled metal material. And with their strong business relationships around the globe, they can find a home for most metals.

Mr. Solomon stresses the importance, “We consider recycled materials a resource, not a waste. It feels great to be leading and contributing to this global movement, knowing that recycling is playing a crucial role in environmental and economic sustainability.”

Globe Metal assists companies to make money on their metal waste, but as well, the environmental benefits are enormous. Reusing metals helps to reduce water usage and energy consumption, and contributes to the conservation of minerals globally. Employees at Globe Metal feel great about making the world a better place. “Simply put, our metal recycling business is making a positive impact on the world around us”, says Solomon. Globe Metal believes the future is a circular economy, and “we are doing just that,” says Solomon.

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About Globe Metal

Located in Montreal and servicing North America and around the world, Globe Metal is a worldwide leader scrap metal recycler, specializing in tungsten carbide, high-speed steel, molybdenum, cobalt, nickel, tantalum, metal powder, and thermal spray.

Consider Packaging Costs When Talking About Recycling Metal

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One of the best ways to increase your profit margins when it comes to recycling of metal is to look at packaging costs. Most industries and manufacturers who sell their scrap metal look at it from a price per pound basis. At Globe Metal, we take a comprehensive approach when it comes to buying your scrap metal. We look at your whole business; where your material is coming from, how it gets into containers, and the way you’re shipping it. We look at the different methods, considerations and benefits when it comes to choosing the right packaging for your scrap metal waste.

Globe Metal pays attention to every detail of your packaging of recycled metal

To understand your choices in packaging for your metal recycling, we concentrate on the big picture. We’re able to provide an added-value service where we take an informed look at how you collect, sort, and transport your metals by providing strategies and techniques for your packaging that translate into reducing your costs.

We will ask some of the following questions:

  • How is your metal scrap getting into your containers?
  • How many people handle the material?
  • Are there safety requirements?
  • Is there a way to use reusable containers?
  • What are the consequences of your approach and choice of packaging?

Discover cost savings and benefits when working with Globe Metal

In this discussion, we recognize that each client has a unique site location and conditions for their metal recycling. We’re able to visit your shop or factory and look at the types of packaging you are using. We can determine what the best packaging options with the lowest total costs are. When using our totes will save time and energy, as well as, making your shop look cleaner. If you’re dealing with high-value materials, we can help to make sure people don’t walk off with metal from your factory.

A lot of industrial companies benefit from our integrated approach and service that reduces their costs substantially. You can read more about recycling process and services, or find out how we can help save you money, reduce your handling costs, and keep your factory floor clean, call or fill out the form to the right!

5 Reasons Why Smart Industrial Metal Recycling Practices Are Important

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At Globe Metal, we’re all about turning one company’s waste into another company’s metal supply. Today industrial metal recycling has become progressively more challenging as new products turn up in increased levels of complexity. Common commodity metals like steel are easy to recover given that their use in relatively simple applications. On the other hand, electrical and electronic waste can often have up to 50 recyclable elements.

Since we understand that recycling metal at your company is driven by the value of the metals recovered, we thought it would be a good idea to lay out some key considerations to help you optimize its value.

Industrial Metal Recycling Using Practices

Separating Metal Streams

Simple metal sorting consists of separating ferrous from non-ferrous metals. However, in mixed streams that involve non-ferrous metals, you will want to consider having the most efficient process for keeping streams homogenous and the best storage facility systems. For example, we have a supplier who manufactures wire and cable. They were mixing their waste stream of copper and tin. After consulting with us, they put systems into place to separate their copper and tin scrap and, as a result, gained a significant increase in their revenues from their metal waste stream. By putting the right filtering processes and storage systems in place, you will always get the best value for the metal you recycle.

Best Available Techniques (BAT)

BAT is a concept originating from Europe that is part of government environmental policies and regulations for pollution abatement. Mainly, companies must use techniques that are the best for preventing or minimizing emissions and impacts on the environment. Businesses need to use BAT if this approach if their operation is an installation, such as a facility that carries out an industrial process like a refinery, food factory or intensive farming. As a result, all waste and residue streams destined for recycling need to follow certain performance standards while taking into account ecological and social costs.

BATs can differ between products and regions, and do not require the use of the highest technologies per se. Separating waste streams as mentioned above can even include hand sorting, in the early stages of recycling. What needs consideration is when metal waste streams enter into uncontrolled flows or an unsuitable process, the metal loses value and the environmental impact felt.


The recycling of scrap metal protects the environment by conserving natural resources while contributing to the conservation of energy during processing of secondary metals. Another important aspect is the use of landfills. How much is your company paying each month for metal waste to go into a landfill? If you are not entirely sure that this kind of disposal is the right solution, then don’t hesitate to give us a call. We make sure that your metal waste streams turn into secondary revenue streams for your company. With the growing movement of environmental responsibility, your scrap metal recycling can attract more clients and open up opportunities with other companies who find these standards and values important.

Health & Safety

Most industrial processes involve risk; however, there are many potentially hazardous operations in scrap metal recycling. These include shredding, compacting, crushing, torching, shearing, breaking and separating, and the loading of heavy and sharp objects using heavy equipment. It is critical that employees and customers work in a safe environment. According to the director of safety at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), to cultivate a culture of safety, management needs to set meaningful and measurable safety goals.

Sustainability Matters

It’s important to remember that manufacturing and recycling are mutually beneficial to each to other. Necessity is the mother of invention, which rings true in the case of General Motors (GM). After risking bankruptcy and having to work through a major company restructuring, what emerged from the ashes was a zero-waste manufacturing policy. In GM’s plants across the globe, 90% of the manufacturing waste stream is re-used or recycled. In 2013, their revenues increased by over $1 billion when they implemented their zero-waste policy. It is now quickly becoming a standard for many manufacturers worldwide.

There are many debates about design-for-recycling and the need for manufacturers to consider how to recycle products at the end of their useful life. As manufacturers continue to invest in reducing their environmental footprint, the sharing of information to encourage more effective and efficient recycling practices is something that we are proud to be a part of at Globe Metal.

Whether your company generates soft metal scrap on a consistent basis or you require assistance with disposing of some old metal products, we offer custom solutions to your situation. Don’t hesitate to contact us.