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Sims Metal Management

Sims Metal Management Ltd.
Type Public
Traded as ASX: SGM
Industry Metal recycling
Headquarters New York
Key people

Galdino Claro, CEO

Geoffrey Brunsdon, Chairman
Products Ferrous and Non-ferrous Secondary Metals
Revenue $7.2 billion (FY13)
Operating income $297 million (FY13)
Profit $17 million (FY13)
Employees 6,393 (FY13)
Website .com.simsmmwww
Sims Mobile Shear
Sims Metal Management is the largest listed metals and electronics recycling company in the world. The company specializes in ferrous and non-ferrous metals recycling, post-consumer electronic goods recycling, and municipal waste recycling. Its primary operations are located in the United States, Australia, and the UK.[1]


Sims was originally established in 1917 by Albert Sims, as a Sydney, Australia based recycled metals dealer. The business was incorporated as Albert G. Sims Limited in 1928 and was renamed Simsmetal Limited in November 1968. In November 1970, Sims merged with Consolidated Metal Products Limited and the merged ASX, listed company was named Sims Consolidated Limited. In May 1979, Sims Consolidated Limited was acquired by Peko-Wallsend Limited and subsequently delisted.[2]

In February 1988, Sims entered the US scrap recycling market through the acquisition of LMC Corporation located in the state of California. In August 1988, Sims Consolidated Limited was acquired by North Limited (previously known as North Broken Hill Holdings Limited, and then North Broken Hill Peko Limited).[3] In 1989, North Limited sold the business to Elders Resources NZFP Limited, a diversified resources company. [4] In 1990, Carter Holt Harvey Limited made a successful takeover bid for Elders Resources NZFP Limited and divested that company’s non-forestry businesses, which included Sims. [5]Sims changed its name to Simsmetal Limited in 1990 and relisted on the ASX in November 1991.[6]

In August 1992, Sims expanded its presence in New Zealand through the merger of its New Zealand business with the ferrous recycling operations owned by Pacific Steel Industries, a Fletcher Building Limited company. This joint venture, known as Sims Pacific Metals Limited, operates throughout New Zealand.[7]

In February 1995, Sims acquired a 51% ownership interest in Sims Bird Limited in the UK, which was its first major entry in the UK scrap metal market. The company acquired the remaining 49% of Sims Bird Limited in May 1998. In April 2000, Sims acquired Phillip Services (Europe) Limited in the UK, which significantly increased our presence in this market. [8]

In November 2002, Simsmetal Limited changed its name to Sims Group Limited. In October 2005, the company merged with entities operating certain of the recycling businesses of Hugo Neu Corporation, a privately owned US corporation. This merger provided Sims with a significant presence in the US market broadly and particularly in southern California, New York and New Jersey.[9]

On March 14, 2008, Sims issued 53.5 million ADRs, with a fair value of A$1.5 billion, to purchase the issued capital of Metal Management, Inc. (“MMI”) in the US. MMI was one of the largest full-service scrap metal recyclers in the US, with locations in 17 US states. The acquisition was consummated to strengthen their position in the North American scrap recycling market, increase the opportunity to be a supplier of raw materials to US steel mills, and expand their presence in non-ferrous products. The acquisition was complementary as operations in North America were primarily export-focused, while MMI’s operations were primarily domestic-focused and included a large non-ferrous recycling business. The acquisition of MMI in March 2008 created the world's largest publicly traded recycling company. In November 2008, shareholders approved the changes of the corporate name to Sims Metal Management Limited.[10]


Metals Recycling

Metals Recycling, Claremont NJ

Sims Metal Management buys ferrous metal from metal dealers, peddlers, auto wreckers, demolition firms and others who generate obsolete metal and from manufacturers who generate industrial metal. Ferrous metal is processed for resale using a variety of methods, including sorting, shredding, cutting, torching, baling or breaking. After processing, ferrous recycled metal is sold to end users such as EAF mills, integrated steel mill, foundaires and brokers.[11]

Sims sources non-ferrous metals from manufacturers, known as production offcuts, and from generators of electricity, telecommunication service providers and others who generate obsolete metal. Peddlers and metal dealers, who collect from a variety of sources, also deliver material directly to their facilities. In addition, the company generates significant quantities of non-ferrous metal as a byproduct.[12]

Sims Metal Management operates a geographically diverse network of processing facilities, with numerous deep-water port access,[13] supported by an extensive network of feeder yards which source recyclable ferrous and non-ferrous metals.[14] Sims Metal Management today has over 130 physical operations in North America, 57 in Australasia, and more than 37 locations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.[15]

Electronics Recycling

WEEE Pre-Processing

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) is the company's electronics recycling division. This includes product de-manufacturing and processing operations, and commonly is referred to as e-recycling. SRS offers comprehensive and cost-effective recycling services for “end-of-life” and redundant electrical and electronic equipment and materials, ranging from product assessment to recycling. SRS provides services for Original Equipment Manufacturers, Contract Equipment Manufacturers, suppliers, importers, lease and finance companies, sector organizations and end users to enable them to comply with their responsibilities under relevant environmental regulations, including the European Union’s Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or the WEEE Directive. Additionally, SRS offers business-to-business IT and electronic equipment asset management and recovery service that operates across a global network. The company's services include the management and control of the entire asset management process, including transport, coordination, product identification, asset registration and reporting. SRS offers clients the option of redeployment, reclamation of parts and/or resale and recycling, delivering legal compliance as well as a potential financial return from the resale of refurbished equipment.[16]

SRS has 42 facilities operating globally offering a range of services including the collection, refurbishment and re-sale of working equipment, parts recovery for resale, mechanized testing and processing of monitors, mechanical recycling of e-recycling and secondary smelting and refining of high grade electronics by-product materials.[17] Sims recycling facilities in the UK specialize in fragmenting domestic and commercial fridges, as well IT asset management solutions.[18] SRS locations in Australasia address the growing social and environmental problem represented by end-of-life computers and other information technology equipment with locations in Australia, India, Dubai, and South Africa.[19][20]

Municipal Recycling

Municipal Recycling, Brooklyn NY

Sims Metal Management also recycles post-consumer materials through a 20-year recycling contract with the New York City Department of Sanitation, which became effective in January 2009.[21] Under this contract, the company is responsible for all curb-side recycling material, including all plastic, glass and metal on behalf of the City of New York. Packer trucks owned and operated by New York City deliver recyclables as a 26 commingled product to the company's facilities. The commingled product then is processed using a series of screens, magnets, eddy currents, optical sorters and conveyors. The recyclables are separated and sorted into ferrous and non-ferrous metals, different plastic resins, glass and residue. Then the recycled materials are shipped to US and non-US markets.[22]

In December 2013, Sims Metal Management opened a state of the art recycling facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR) managed construction of a new 11-acre recycling center on the Brooklyn waterfront from 2010 to 2013. SMR worked with geotechnical engineers to develop structural fill blends using “mole rock” from NYC tunneling projects mixed with recycled glass aggregate (RGA). More than 5,000 tons of RGA were blended with 20,000 tons of mole rock and used to elevate sections of the site by 4 feet, thereby protecting buildings and equipment against sea level rise and storm surges.[23]

Environmental Sustainability

The energy savings generated by Sims Metal Management were in excess of 14.3 million MWh, enough to power around 4.3 million average households.[24] Saving this energy also prevented the emission of 15.2 million metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, equivalent to that absorbed by 15 million trees over a 100-year life span.[25]

In 2013, Sims Metal Management was nominated as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for the fifth Year in a row.[26] The company also joined as an Index Component in the World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).[27] Sims has participated in numerous voluntary sustainability disclosures including the Carbon Disclosure Project for the past eight years and the Carbon Disclosure Project's Water Disclosure initiative for the past three years.[28] The company was also recently added to the Euronext Vigeo World 120 index for exemplary corporate social responsibility. [29]

Sims is heavily focused on reducing the potential risk of fire at their scrap metal recycling facilities. In light of the stockpiled material fires which occurred in 2013 at the company’s Redwood City, California [30] and Jersey City, New Jersey [31] locations, Sims has considered factors such as stockpile size and the use of technology such as heat sensors.


  1. ^ Sims Metal Management About Us
  2. ^ Sims Metal Management History
  3. ^ SEC Filings NYSE
  4. ^ SEC Filings NYSE
  5. ^ SEC Filings NYSE
  6. ^ Sims Metal Management History
  7. ^ Sims Pacific Metals About Us
  8. ^ Sims Metal Management 20F
  9. ^ American Recycler
  10. ^ Reuters, Metal Management Completes Merger with Sims Group Limited
  11. ^ Sims Metal Management Scrap Ferrous Metal
  12. ^ Sims Metal Management Scrap Non-Ferrous Metal
  13. ^ Sims Metal Management Capabilities
  14. ^ Sims Metal Management Transportation and Logistics
  15. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek Company Overview
  16. ^ Sims Metal Management Electronics Recycling
  17. ^ Recycling Today E-Stewards
  18. ^ Sims Metal Management Electronics Recycling
  19. ^ Recycling Today Secondary Commodities Middle East
  20. ^ Recycling Today Middle East Conference Electronics Recycling
  21. ^ Waste Management World, Opening for Sims Facility in New York
  22. ^ Sims Metal Management Sunset Park Facility
  23. ^ Sims Metal Management Sunset Park Facility
  24. ^ Sims Metal Management Social Responsibility
  25. ^ Sims Metal Management Social Responsibility
  26. ^ Sims Metal Management Sustainability
  27. ^ Business Wire, Sims Metal Management Added to Dow Jones Sustainability
  28. ^ Sims Metal Management Sustainability
  29. ^ 2014 Euronext Vigeo World 120 CSR Index
  30. ^ Redwood Fire
  31. ^ Jersey City Fire
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