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Jun 2018

On the Topic of Industry Conferences

By Adam Shine, Vice President of Sunnking

Throughout each year, Sunnking representatives, including myself and our CEO, attend numerous conferences. We learn new ideas and trends, network with peers, and can position ourselves as an active member in our industry. These benefits allow us to make strategic decisions that ensure we capitalize on our investment. We highly recommend others to attend conferences and applaud those of you who already do. Below are examples of some meetings we find worthwhile throughout each year.

One of the most important conferences for us is the ISRI National Convention every  April. It is the largest event in the recycling industry. The 25th annual meeting this year had over 5,100 people in attendance. Some trending topics discussed were the economic consequences of China’s decision to stop importing certain materials, regulatory issues, and worker safety. From massive cranes to giant shredders and separators, the recyclers at this expo are paving the way to a more sustainable future and we love being a part of that.

Another important conference we attend is E-Scrap. The 15th annual E-Scrap meeting in September last year had over 1,200 attendees including electronic scrap processors, buyers and brokers, equipment manufacturers, waste haulers, and industry trade associations. There was an exhibit hall, tear-down demos, presentations, Q&A sessions, etc. I  had the pleasure of presenting the impact of increased mercury-bearing flat-panel displays (FPDS) in waste streams and the impact on the industry. This year speakers will discuss topics such as e-scrap collection issues, recycling market factors, and legislative considerations, and the on-going issues related to cathode ray tubes (CRTs)

Additionally, we go to the Electronics Reuse Conference (ERC) in October where we discuss best practices and build relationships that keep the industry moving forward with the most efficient and sustainable resale processes.  This is a key conference for any electronics recycler that wants to look at the benefit of reselling usable components. Many in the industry focus solely on recycling, however, being able to re-purpose, reuse, refurbish and resell is a key differentiator and this conference focuses on those opportunities.

Other conferences focus on different aspects of the business such as sales. Our Product Sales Manager recently attended the Catalyst 2018 Conference hosted by Channel Advisor to get the latest e-commerce information to help with our online sales channels. Our Business Development Manager recently went to the NAID Annual Conference & Expo with the largest concentration of secure data destruction professionals to further develop our sanitization procedures. These are just a few examples of the many opportunities available for professional development.

We are motivated and continuously grow by attending conferences. It is critical to stay on top of the latest trends in our industry.  These can include topics related to safety, new recycling techniques, data destruction and new platforms/opportunities for resale. By keeping our company engaged in various shows it increases our visibility and helps make us a market leader. We encourage others to attend conferences to experience firsthand all the benefits that will prove valuable to the mission of making your business successful.


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