Catalytic Converter plant

Ecotrade’s history

Established in 2006, Ecotrade recognized the growth opportunity in Asia for the recycling of catalytic converters and quickly invested in the equipment to process catalytic converters on-site in Thailand. Since we have continued to invest significantly and expanded our operations in Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong as well as partnering with companies all over the globe.

We have acquired a great deal of expertise in the recycling industry and earned a solid reputation for our professionalism, honesty, and transparency.

Our sampling methods are fully approved by the Industry’s leading authorities and we can offer a full range of services, including analysis, cutting, and processing of all models of catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters.

The company is the largest purchaser of catalytic converters in South-East Asia, possessing state of the art technology, together with efficient logistics and administration, to ensure the best possible return from the recycling process.

Pile of catalytic converters

The catalyst recycling market

Over 450 tons of PGM (Platinum Group Metals) are mined each year worldwide, including platinum, palladium and rhodium with an increasing amount of PGM recovered from the recycling process of automotive catalysts and jewelry.

At its heart, the catalytic converter contains significant amounts of PGM’s – platinum, palladium, and rhodium that varies on average between 0.2 and 0.5%, depending on the age of the car, the type of fuel, and the local regulations, all of which are recoverable after the life of the converter.

For every stage of a transaction, from preparing a firm and tailor-made offer through to the trading of the recovered materials, we have all the expertise in-house, including collection service from clients’ locations, wherever they may be in the world.

We deal with several refineries and for each consignment we work with those that provide the most efficient return for specific PGM’s, thus ensuring the best financial return for our customers.

Recycling environment

Protecting the environment

Since its introduction in the early 1980’s the catalytic converter has been the mainstay of environmental protection in the motor industry through its ability to reliably and effectively reduce noxious tailpipe emissions. As a result of government legislation, it is now a required item on each and every new vehicle.

Catalytic converters exist to reduce the amount of harmful emissions from gasoline engines, providing the means for motorists to drive in an environmentally responsible manner; autocatalyst recycling is both financially beneficial and environmentally important.

The metals contained within a catalytic converter are precious because they are rare, and as the world has become increasingly aware of the drain on the planet’s natural resources, the technical know-how for the recycling of all scrap catalytic converters has developed, leading the way towards a prosperous and sustainable future.

Recycling of automotive catalysts enables recovery of up to 95% of PGM content and save significant amounts of energy as compared to traditional mining. We pride ourselves on making valuable contributions to a sustainable planet.