Tantalum

As of today, the SEC has received 3,848 conflict minerals compliance forms from major manufacturers. We recently caught up with Lawrence Heim, our resident expert on all things conflict minerals and asked him to share with us some of his initial impressions based on his analysis of 110+ filings.

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The short version: Caterpillar went the extra mile and many steel producers may not have even met the reporting requirements because of a lack of information, ArcelorMittal and US Steel included.

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Last week, the European Union proposed conflict minerals legislation wildly different than what US manufacturers must currently comply with, calling for voluntary participation from importers only. And yet the proposed EU legislation sees the pinch-point where it exists – at the smelter level. “Focusing efforts at the root of the issue – material going into smelters and refiners – […]

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In Apple Inc.’s latest Supplier Responsibility Report, they state that all of the company’s tantalum suppliers are conflict-free, using a third-party verification process. Apple is also pushing their gold, tin and tungsten suppliers to use conflict-free material, according to this Times article, but those suppliers are harder for the company to muscle because Apple has […]

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Ok, we’d hoped that would catch your attention. Before you accuse us of being male chauvinists (we are no such thing!), it doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman – if you’re working for companies that source different metal products, all that matters is that you know how best to comply with the […]

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“Do you know you source conflict minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold)?” “Yes.” “Do you know what you must do almost exactly one year from now?” “Ummm…” Yeah, these people aren’t ready either: That sample of electronics industry managers surveyed by IHS isn’t alone – in fact, if those in the electronics industry are behind, what […]

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Continued from Part One. So while the degree of risk associated with the supply of each metal can be debated in broad terms, the layman can see how a country deprived of access to a ready supply of material would have problems maintaining a military the size of the United States’. As an article in Proedgewire points […]

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Last week, MetalMiner ran a story examining the import and export trends for tantalum. The author discussed the skyrocketing number of tantalum imports compared to falling US exports. As a follow-up commentary to that guest post from our friends at Zepol, we’d argue the bigger story involves the month-to-month trends of imports (and not so much […]

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MetalMiner interviewed Jay Celorie, Global Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard and active participant in the EICC® (Electronic Industry Citizen Coalition) and GeSI® (Global e-Sustainability Initiative), regarding MetalMiner’s white paper, “The Definitive Guide to Conflict Minerals Compliance for Manufacturers.” Jay shared some of his thoughts on some of the key issues around conflict minerals, our paper and various approaches. […]

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3TG, OECD, EICC, SEC, CFS, DRC… Is this alphabet soup washing over you, scalding your skin, blinding your eyes? We know how it feels. That’s why we’ve put together the definitive one-day conference for manufacturing professionals who source tin, tungsten, tantalum or gold-containing metals and materials – to answer all your conflict minerals compliance questions: […]

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We recently caught up with Jay Celorie, Global Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard and active participant in the EICC® (Electronic Industry Citizen Coalition) and GeSI® (Global e-Sustainability Initiative), regarding MetalMiner’s white paper, “The Definitive Guide to Conflict Minerals Compliance for Manufacturers.”  Intro: Sending an Economic Signal Toward Responsible Sourcing A simple way to think about conflict […]

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