Cobalt

The British National Health Service has banned the use of metal-on-metal (MOM) hip replacements, after evidence of unacceptably high failure rates. Regulators insist that the NHS stop using any hip replacment implants with a failure rate higher than 5% over five years. According to the Telegraph, the warning from the National Institute for Health and […]

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Source: Reuters Compared to molybdenum and cobalt contracts, as we laid out in Part One, the loser has been the steel billet contract (see graph above) — loser in the sense that while both steel and molybdenum contracts have declined, steel is the largest globally traded metal and as such, demand for a hedging product […]

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Could we be seeing the beginning of the end of the LME billet contract? It may be a little early to call time on the oft-maligned steel billet contract — it is by some measures the fourth-most traded product in the ferrous space after the Shanghai rebar contract, SGX iron ore swaps and CME’s iron […]

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Continued from Part One. The MOM surfaces are cast and then machined to size and finally polished to a mirror finish to create a perfect fit. The idea is, a perfect fit means the surfaces should never touch each other, according to Dr. Timothy Wright, Kirby Chair of Orthopedic Biomechanics: “Just like the cylinder in […]

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The metals industry is rightly proud and producers understandably value the successful application of metal alloys in the medical implants industry. From high-purity refining through forging and casting operations, machining, coating and treating the use of titanium, cobalt, chrome and stainless steels in addition to a number of less common metals, this has been a […]

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MetalMiner gave reader Dominic Daly, who studies at Durham University, a chance to respond to one of our past posts about cobalt, “Conflict Minerals and Their Derivatives: Where Cobalt Fits In. In the spirit of giving the metal’s image (and the DRC) a fair shake, MetalMiner welcomes Daly’s guest commentary. Cobalt is a strategically important […]

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There has been a lot of coverage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, specifically Section 1502, which outlines the broad objective of controlling the trade of so-called conflict minerals. MetalMiner has taken the lead on explaining what the future may look like for companies that must go through an auditing process. […]

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In the short time since its soft launch on February 22 of this year and its full launch on May 21, cobalt has had a pretty volatile time. From a low of around $37,000 (16.78/lb) to a high of over $43,000 per ton ($19.50/lb) the metal has since fallen to around $39,000 per ton today. […]

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The debate about adding ferro-chrome as an LME contract is not as far fetched as it may first sound. As Roskill advises, the stainless steel industry is by far the largest consumer of ferro-chrome. The industry is dominated by just three countries of supply – South Africa, Kazakhstan and India, with South Africa by far […]

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A new study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer cites 20 possible cancer sources several of which include metals. According to the Chicago Tribune, sponsors of the research The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIOSH) and the National Cancer Institute named the following metal containing […]

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