Markets in Flux & More Sustainability

The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) market is experiencing a high right now with sales up that could, however, easily come crashing down as supplies become scarce, resulting in very real interruptions to the US food and supply chains. Many factors contribute to the flucuating market including the War in Ukraine and relations with other Urea-producing countries. Every diesel truck manufactured since 2010 is required to use DEF. It is also a requirement of many diesel vehicles, including trucks, tractors, buses, RVs, and private vehicles.

Thankfully, the US gets much of its Urea from Canada. And, thankfullly DEF spouts are readily available from Con-Tech. We’ve seen an increase in sales this summer, as companies are reading the news and preparing for some potentially challenging times. Our small container sales have seen robust increases overall and we are anticipating this trend to continue throughout the rest of the year.

Another trend that we embrace is that of an increase in sustainable and recycled materials used in manufacturing, such as steel used for reconditioned drums. In the manufacturing industry, customers, shareholders, investors, and other stakeholders are demanding more sustainability practices including recycling, one of the foundations of the steel drum industry. Nearly 70 million tons of domestic steel scrap is reused yearly to produce new steel items such as sustainable steel drums.

Steel recycling is important to the circular economy as it conserves valuable resources and diverts useful materials from going to landfills. Millions of tons of steel are diverted from waste streams to recycling streams every year due to steel’s magnetic properties that make it easy to separate from
solid waste.

Con-Tech is proud to supply closures, fittings and other parts to many of the leaders in the steel drum industry. Ask us how we can help your company. Our company has been a part of the drum manufacturing world for decades and we’re happy to address any questions or concerns you might have.