Sourcing the Metals and Minerals that Move the World Responsibly
Gold has a long and storied history of obsession for over 6,000 years. For reasons unknown, gold’s mysterious ability to attract people all over the world allowed it to become a medium of exchange accepted anywhere in the world.
Lithium is an essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric cars, as well as rechargeable power for laptops, phones and other devices. It is the lightest of all metals, making it well suited for use in jets and energy storage.
Cobalt is one of the three naturally occurring magnetic metals in addition to iron and nickel. Cobalt is predominantly used in the preparation of magnetic, corrosion and wear-resistant high-performance alloys.
Tungsten (Wolframite) is a highly valued, strong and very dense material with a high melting temperature. Tungsten is an essential material for high-quality industrial tools that are used for cutting, drilling, sawing, and abrading.
Tin (Cassiterite) is mostly used in industrial application in combination with other elements as a protective coating or as an alloy with other metals such as zinc, copper or lead. Tin is combined with copper to yield bronze and with lead to form solder.
Tantalum (Coltan) is key for the world’s electronics industry. Tantalum has contributed hugely to the miniaturization of handheld electronic devices as it allows an electrical charge to be stored in small capacitors.