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From atoms to grams, from flue dusts to aero-engines, the routes by which minor metal elements reach their applications are both circuitous and extraordinary. Many of them are low in volume but high in value and all have diverse properties.
Minor metals are all around us – in your mobile phone, TV screen or even your car. When you go on holiday, the gas turbine engines that power your plane will have an amazing mix of elements contained in the alloy blades. These include Cobalt, Molybdenum, Tantalum, Tungsten, Chrome, Titanium, Hafnium, Zirconium and Rhenium. Even mundane objects, such as spectacle frames, golf-clubs and tennis-rackets, share a proclivity towards the use of minor metals. When it comes to hi-tech answers to environmental questions you will often find a minor metal too – such as Germanium, Gallium or Indium for photo-voltaic cells.
Our job starts where minor metals are generated – sometimes at the mines where by-products arise through refining, sometimes as scrap or revert where minor metals return to the supply chain following a manufacturing process. Lipmann Walton also commissions on occasion the upgrading or refining of raw materials.
Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd. brings these metals to market, pre-financing purchases often in parts of the world with either inhospitable climates or political regimes or, quite possibly, both. The delivery of minor metals is essential to the manufacture of a host of products that we sometimes take for granted but without which the world would be, quite conceivably, a less congenial or efficient place.