Tantalum

MetalMiner, in conjunction with The Elm Consulting Group International, has just issued a new white paper that examines how downstream organizations (companies from smelter down to OEM) have begun to implement the new conflict minerals compliance requirements. The authors analyze the OECD Cycle 3 Final Report, “Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals […]

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The Economist covered an industrial development in a recent article entitled “A Tantalising Prospect” that would catch the eye of anyone remotely interested in the metal industry. The process described effectively allows the reduction of high-melting-point metal ores such as titanium, tantalum, and potentially other expensive metallic elements including neodymium, tungsten and vanadium, from the […]

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Below is an excerpt from MetalMiner’s recently published white paper, “The Definitive Guide to Conflict Minerals Compliance for Manufacturers.” If your company uses, say, HRC steel in its products, you should download this paper. Another question raised by the SEC rules involves the purchase of what we might deem “vanilla commodities,” such as steel HRC […]

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It has been a few months since the SEC passed its comprehensive set of “Conflict Minerals” rules, and in that time we have covered the topic at great length. But the steps manufacturers must take to comply with the conflict minerals legislation in 2013 and beyond are only beginning to come into the light. As […]

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This is the second part of a two-part series examining the legal arguments put forward by manufacturing organizations against section 1502, the Conflict Minerals rule passed as part of Dodd-Frank. Readers can read the first part here. MM: What challenges do practitioners, including the US manufacturers, have in making their case? SA: One of the […]

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Last week, in response to the conflict minerals rule published by the SEC in August of this year, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Business Roundtable and the US Chamber of Commerce filed a preliminary statement of issues in an effort to seek review of the rule before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. […]

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As the old adage goes, “the devil lies in the details” – and that aptly describes the challenge many diversified US manufacturers find in meeting the new conflict-free minerals compliance requirements under the Dodd-Frank legislation. What seems straightforward enough – avoiding the 3Ts (tin, tungsten and tantalum) – actually becomes more challenging when one considers […]

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Though not typically prone to cynicism, when the phones started ringing with producers willing to share their perspectives on the conflict minerals rule recently passed by the SEC, one can’t help but think the rule may appear one-sided (i.e. not favoring “illegitimate” sources of supply or producers). Certainly, companies are struggling now to interpret the […]

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On Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10 am, a committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will consider “whether to adopt rules regarding disclosure and reporting obligations with respect to the use of conflict minerals to implement the requirements of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.” Here’s the SEC’s […]

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If we can say anything about the rare earth debate, we can say this: the discussion has rightfully moved from “rare earth metals” to 43 additional minerals, according to a new report titled “Reviewing Risk: Critical Metals and National Security,” released by the Advanced Materials Policy Network. Sadly, the 34-page report has a full 10 […]

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