Over the past years, the Plansee Group has invested heavily in ensuring supplies of tungsten and molybdenum raw materials.
The Plansee Group procures ore concentrate for the primary materials molybdenum and tungsten, processes the concentrates to produce pure metal powder and then uses these powders to manufacture semifinished products, custom end products and ready-to-use tools. To do this, it uses powder-metallurgical manufacturing techniques (pressing, sintering). The recycling of tungsten is becoming increasingly important.
Percentage of materials used that are recycled
55 percent of the tungsten processed in the Plansee Group has been recovered from old drills and cutting tools and swarf. The aim is to further increase the proportion of recycled tungsten used in production. In order to achieve this, the Plansee Group last year set up additional recycling capacity in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Following an renewed audit conducted in February 2015, the audit committee of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EiCC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) has confirmed again that Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP), a division of the Plansee Group, continues to be compliant with the Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) Tungsten Protocol. GTP has been the world’s first tungsten producer to receive this certification. GTP employs a wide range of measures to ensure that they do not use any raw materials from socially, ethically or ecologically questionable sources.