Precious metals are extensively used in electroplating applications across many industries, such as conductivity in the electronics sector, thermal and corrosion protection of components in aerospace, decorative coatings on jewellery, and medical applications including diabetic test strips.
Sustainable metal recycling of electroplating processes
Mastermelt has developed innovative processes that meet the challenges of sustainable recycling. Our processes and technologies make metal recovery more efficient, improve recycling of valuable metals, and minimise lead times. Customers can opt to sell the reclaimed precious metals or have the metal credited on account.
What electroplating coatings can be recycled?
Electroplating uses gold (Au), silver (Ag), platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), rhodium (Rh), iridium (Ir) and ruthenium (Ru).
Typical products that use precious metals include...
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The emerging Green Hydrogen Energy market also replies on precious metals for the components of electrolysers and fuel cells. Applications include inks, spray coating and PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) sputtering.
What materials can precious metals be reclaimed from?
The electroplating industry generates precious metal waste from various scraps and residues, including:
- Gold & Silver cyanide solutions
- Platinum Group Metal (PGM) solutions and plating baths
- Ion exchange resins and scavengers
- Wipes, pots and filters
- Coated scrap components
- Jigging wires
- Plated scrap -Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium, Ruthenium and Iridium
- Spent anodes
- Sputtering targets
Mastermelt has site Licences to treat a variety of materials from the electroplating industry. Our internal Regulatory Team can support you with Transfrontier Shipment Notifications for transporting Hazardous Materials across borders.