Interview in scrap magazine

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Interview in scrap magazine

Belt buckles, pen clips, shoe eyelets, electrical connectors, and hundreds of other little-noticed items literally hold together much of the developed world’s daily life. Trace back many of these items to their source, and you’ll arrive in “Brass City,” better known as Jamnagar, population 800,000, in the economically dynamic state of Gujarat in northwest India. For decades, Jamnagar’s brass factories have played an important but hidden role in the global economy, consuming much of the world’s brass scrap and producing these humdrum but essential goods. Take bicycle tire air valves: One factory alone produces more than 2 million air valves per month, all manufactured from imported yellow brass, which it exports to bicycle tire manufacturers across Asia.