The Chinese government provides that a vehicle should be sent to a qualified enterprise for dismantling and scrapping when it runs for 600,000 kilometers. And scrap vehicles’ engines, steering gear, transmission, front and rear axles and frame are forbidden to be sold illegally and should be recycled as scrap metal. The vehicle owner can get the residual value of the recycled scrap metal. However, this provision is poorly enforced.
Vehicle consumption becomes increasingly popular in China with the development of economy and increase of income. China had ranked first in vehicle production and sales volume for nine consecutive years from 2009 to 2017. And the vehicle reserves keep rising. China’s vehicle reserves reached 217 million at the end of 2017, ranking second in the world. It is estimated that China will surpass the U.S. to have the largest vehicle reserves in the world in 10 years. As the average vehicle age increases, scrap vehicle recycling has become one of the social concerns. On the assumption that the service life of passenger vehicles is between 8 to 10 years, the number of scrap vehicles had exceeded 6 million by 2017 and will grow at an annual rate over 10%. However, only 1.47 million scrap vehicles were recycled in 2017. Many scrap vehicles are still being used or were illegally disposed. For example, some of them were reassembled or refurbished to be sold as second-hand vehicles.
Owing to the poor industry regulation, legal scrap vehicle disposal has been affected by the illegal one. China’s annual recycling volume only accounts for 0.5%-1% of the vehicle reserves, which is much lower than 5%-7% in developed countries. Because of the quota on the number of scrap vehicle recyclers, the numbers of registered scrap vehicle recyclers and recycling outlets were 660 and 2,465 respectively at the end of 2016, having a wide gap with the fast-growing number of scrap vehicles. To promote the development of the industry, the Chinese government is improving relevant policies. It is expected that the new version of Regulations on Vehicle Recycling Management will cancel the quota on the number of scrap vehicle recyclers, and allow the circulation of scrap vehicles’ engine, steering gear, transmission, front and rear axles and frame to qualified manufacturers for remanufacturing. This policy change will greatly expand the market of scrap vehicle recycling.
The combination with “internet+” will help legal recyclers to deal with the penetration of illegal recyclers. Moreover, e-commerce platforms will facilitate the recycler’s communication with vehicle owners and downstream parts remanufacturers to increase the industry’s profitability. The broad market prospect and favorable policy environment will attract a great deal of capital to the industry. In 2022, the scrap vehicle recycling volume will exceed 5 million and the market size will exceed CNY 50 billion, representing a CAGR of 28.1% from 2018 to 2022.
– Development environment of China’s scrap vehicle recycling industry
– Volume and market size of scrap vehicle recycling in China
– Competition in China’s scrap vehicle recycling industry
– Major scrap vehicle recycling enterprises in China
– Factors influencing the development of china’s scrap vehicle recycling industry
– Forecast of market size of China’s scrap vehicle recycling industry, 2018-2022