Dipan Patel, business manager at MGK International, Inc., has received an Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) recognizing his efforts for exports of recycled lead cullet from cathode-ray tubes (CRT) to South Korea. The certificate also recognizes the company’s outstanding performance of $2 million worth of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal exported to Taiwan. A virtual online award ceremony was held Sept. 9.

The processed glass from CRT and video monitors, usually divided into two categories— recycled glass cullet and recycled lead glass cullet—is a valued commodity for end-user extraction in South Korea. “By locating new export markets, we are keeping this material out of landfills,” Patel states. This is his first Export Achievement Certificate; he was nominated for the honor in 2018 as well. He joined MGK in 2019.

Established in 2009 in Princeton, N.J., MGK is part of the MTC Group based in Mumbai, India. MTC Group has been active in ferrous, nonferrous, and ferroalloy metal trading for the past 40 years, and has branches in India, Europe, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. In addition to scrap metal trading, the group has 14 Indian metal recycling facilities.

MTC Group currently trades over 70,000 metric tons of metal per month around the world. Its exports amount to $35 million per year in China, Bangladesh, Belgium, Ecuador, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and the UAE.

The CS, part of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, offers companies a full range of expertise in international trade. Companies can find assistance locally in more than 100 CS offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices. The CS created the Export Achievement Award in 2001 to recognize small and medium-sized businesses that have successfully started exporting or have successfully entered a new export market.

Photo courtesy of Dipan Patel.


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