ISRI’s Commodity Roundtables Forum will take place Sept. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago. The annual event attracts processors, brokers, traders, and other recycling professionals from around the world. Register here.

The Windy City hosts the widely anticipated 2021 ISRI Commodity Roundtables Forum as planned! More than 600 people are expected to attend this year’s event. Here are highlights of each day.

Day One: Wednesday, Sept. 22

Registration opens, 10:30 a.m. CDT.

Networking Welcome with Refreshments and Exhibits sponsored by Wendt, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT.

Ferrous Roundtable sponsored by Argus Media, 12:00 – 1:15 pm. CDT.

Despite record high prices, recyclers of iron and steel continue to face challenges, including supply chain disruptions, elevated transportation costs, and labor shortages. Don’t miss this year’s Ferrous Roundtable for the best market intelligence on domestic and global ferrous market trends.

Nickel/Stainless Roundtable sponsored by Mughal Steel, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. CDT.

Expectations for rising electric vehicle and EV battery demand have helped to propel nickel and stainless prices higher. Roundtable participants will gain critical information about global nickel and stainless-steel market fundamentals, and the demand outlook moving forward.

Networking, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Day Two: Thursday, Sept. 23

Continental Breakfast with Exhibits sponsored by SciAps, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. CDT.

General Session on Financial Risks and Asset Management, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. CDT.

Our industry and financial-sector panelists will provide expert guidance on how best to manage financial risks facing recyclers, including managing cash flows, investing in new technologies, and mitigating commodity price and interest rate volatility.

Networking Refreshment Break with Exhibits sponsored by Sierra, 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. CDT.

Copper Roundtable sponsored by SDI La Farga COPPERWORKS™, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. CDT.

Elevated copper cathode prices are only part of what’s going on in the copper space. Join our panel for an in-depth discussion of domestic and international growth markets for recycled copper and how recyclers can adapt to changing demand requirements.

Lunch on your own, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. CDT.

Electronics Roundtable, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. CDT.

Electronics recyclers won’t want to miss this year’s Electronics Roundtable for the latest developments on data security, asset disposition, demand growth, and profit centers.

Networking, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. CDT.

ISRI Women in Recycling and Young Executives Happy Hour with Exhibits (open to all attendees), 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Day Three: Friday, Sept. 24

Continental Breakfast with Exhibits sponsored by SMH Group, 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. CDT.

Aluminum Roundtable sponsored by C&Y Global, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. CDT.

U.S. aluminum demand has been strengthening as record-high Midwest premiums and supply chain disruptions continue to impact automakers and other aluminum consumers. Our industry experts and thought leaders will help shape your understanding of the future of primary and recycled aluminum markets.

Forum adjourns, 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. CDT.

Health and Safety

As you prepare to join us in Chicago, please be aware that the city’s Department of Public Health mandates masks in public indoor settings (including mass transit), regardless of vaccination status. Regular use of hand sanitizer and social distancing are also encouraged. Masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower.

ISRI recommends that all Commodity Roundtables Forum attendees get vaccinated. We will have masks available onsite for those who need them. We will continue to follow local health and safety protocols and will share updates as needed.

Photo courtesy of Regina Shanklin from Pixabay. Caption: The 2021 ISRI Commodity Roundtables Forum is at the Hyatt Regency hotel on the banks of the Chicago River.


Dan Hockensmith

Dan Hockensmith

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