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OWOSSO Graphic Arts, Inc. Owosso, MI addresses recycling/sustainability in the magnesium industry

OWOSSO Graphic Arts, Inc. Owosso, MI addresses recycling/sustainability in the magnesium industry

Recycling and reusing materials is an important aspect of reducing environmental impact. By creating a system where dies can be recycled and made into new dies, OWOSSO is contributing to a more sustainable and circular economy.

Magnesium recycling plays a crucial role in promoting sustainability and reducing the environmental impact associated with production. Its lightweight and high-strength properties make it an attractive material for various industries. 

Here are some key points about magnesium recycling and its contribution to sustainability: 

Resource Conservation: Recycling magnesium helps conserve natural resources by reducing the need for mining and extraction of primary magnesium ores. Primary magnesium production often involves energy-intensive processes and can lead to habitat disruption and environmental degradation. 

Energy Savings: The production of magnesium from recycled sources generally requires less energy compared to extracting it from primary ores. This is because recycling typically involves smelting and refining processes, which are less energy-intensive than the extraction of magnesium from raw materials. 

Emissions Reduction: Recycling magnesium can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with primary production. The extraction of magnesium from ores, particularly from dolomite or magnesite, releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. By using recycled magnesium, we can lower their carbon footprint. 

Closed-Loop Systems: Implementing closed-loop recycling systems in our industry that heavily rely on magnesium dies, can lead to a more sustainable supply chain. In a closed-loop system, end-of-life dies are collected, processed, and used as feedstock for new materials, reducing the demand for virgin resources. 

Economic Benefits: Recycling magnesium can lead to economic benefits by reducing the reliance on imported primary magnesium and stabilizing prices.  

In conclusion, magnesium recycling is an important component of sustainable resource management. By reusing and repurposing magnesium dies, we can conserve natural resources, reduce energy consumption, lower emissions, and minimize waste. Embracing magnesium recycling as an integral part of industrial processes contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future. 

Regarding copper, it’s interesting to note that while it can be recycled, the process of creating new copper hot stamping plates requires virgin material extracted from the earth. This highlights the need for continued research and innovation in materials science and recycling technologies to find more sustainable alternatives.

Overall, OWOSSO’s efforts in recycling and sustainability in the magnesium die industry are commendable and contribute to a more environmentally responsible approach to manufacturing.