Influx of sponsors highlights growing support for holistic outlook of the e-waste crisis

Influx of sponsors highlights growing support for holistic outlook of the e-waste crisis

August 1, 2019
Marcia González

Interest in E-Waste World Conference & Expo 2019 is intensifying following the publication of a preliminary conference program and the exhibitor area filling up fast. Time to save the date in your diaries: 14-15 November 2019

With a preliminary conference program now published online featuring almost 90 confirmed speakers and exhibitors signing up by the day, the inaugural E-Waste World Conference & Expo 2019 – despite being three and a half months from opening its doors – is already poised to deliver something unique for the global WEEE industry.

“What is clear from our speaker line-up and the diverse range of companies that are supporting the project, we’re aiming to tackle the issue of e-waste holistically,” said Mike Robinson, CEO of Trans-Global Events. “Experts are attending from up and down the value chain and across different WEEE-generating sectors, with recycling technology companies, precious metal recovery specialists, sustainable materials providers, lithium-ion miners and even software developers that can help organizations usher in a truly circular economy within their operations.”

Closing the loop is certainly a prominent theme of the conference, evident in the field of batteries particularly. By 2030, 11 million tons of lithium-ion batteries alone will have to be recycled, despite the recycling rate being a mere 5% today. The lack of standards in trading processes, certification and track-and-trace technology results in high process and transaction costs, the result being that partners lose valuable raw materials. And the development of second-life scenarios worth more than US$8 billion annually is prevented. That’s where one of the exhibitors, Circunomics, comes in: the company has created the first open platform for recycling, remarketing and certifying battery components and recyclables. Patrick Peter, the founder of Circunomics, will be showcasing his innovation at the conference this November.

Materials developments are also in focus, with flax being the future for Jack Herring, CEO and founder of Jiva Materials, which has developed a non-hazardous and fully biodegradable flax-based alternative to traditional fiberglass and epoxy PCBs. “The Soluboard delaminates when immersed in hot water, allowing electronic components to be recovered from the safely disposable or compostable flax solution,” revealed Herring, who alongside CTO Dr Jonathan Swanston will be discussing the world’s first fully recyclable laminate in the ‘Green & Sustainable Electronics’ stream. “It is time for us to take responsibility for our electronics and the impacts that they are having on the planet,” Herring added. “Jiva will ensure that Soluboard is the catalyst in the much-needed reform of the PCB industry.”

Exhibitors are flying in from all corners of the globe to participate in this brand-new exciting forum, even 13,838km from Australia. They appreciate the lithium challenge better than most Down Under. The country generates 3,300 tons of li-ion waste every year, which is growing at 20% a year and predicted to exceed 100,000 tons by 2036, yet only 2% of this battery waste is recycled. Perth-based Neometals, one of the first companies to see the attractiveness of this holistic symposium, has been developing a proprietary process to recover 90% of all battery materials from spent and scrap lithium-ion batteries, including cobalt, lithium, nickel, copper, iron and manganese. Neometals’ chief executive Chris Reed is particularly keen to show off his solution to the automotive sector at E-Waste World Conference & Expo, so he will no doubt be pleased to hear that auto-makers, battery manufacturers and suppliers up and down the supply chain have already signed-up to attend.

E-Waste World Conference & Expo will take place from Thursday 14 November to Friday 15 November at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Germany. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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