The use of precious metals in industry dates from ancient times starting with the production of jewellery and coinage.
In the last 50 years the demand for gold and the platinum group metals has expanded into many other industries.
Platinum, palladium and rhodium are widely used in catalysts in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and chemical industries. They are also used in diverse applications, such as food preservation, anti-cancer drugs, antiseptic dressings, aerospace and fuel cells. Iridium and ruthenium have also become used for specialized applications by industry.
In this section we detail industries and typical material types that we refine on behalf of our customers.
These Industries use a range of precious metal catalysts in the commercial production of their products.
One of the key components in the processing of these residues is the thermal pre treatment stage to remove organics and volatile components. By using controlled temperature conditions and investing in leading technology for gas abatement the Mastermelt Group is a major global processor in this sector.
Mastermelt Germany utilizes this advanced, proven technology at our Aschaffenburg site for recovery of materials including:
Mastermelt’s process a myriad of materials from these sectors ranging from high grade sputtering targets to lower grade wipes and pots. Obsolete and reject parts are always destroyed ensuring sensitive technology re-appearing in the market place.
We can process materials including the following at our sites in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and Buxton, UK
The advanced thermal treatment technology at our refining sites including Aschaffenburg are uniquely suited to treat materials incluuding
Precious metals used for other components in the PEM-Fuel cell stack such as Pt, Pd or Au coated bipolar plates
The Mastermelt Group has developed non destructive chemical processes to reclaim platinum from end of life engine components.
In addition these processes add significant value to the base alloys of these components.
Mastermelt Germany customers have access to our specialized processes at our site in Buxton, UK, for services including the following:
Production scraps / residues, from the manufacturing of diabetes testing kits, surgical dressings and other facilities, are processed at our Aschaffenburg facility, including specifically:
Mastermelt GmbH in Aschaffenburg treats a range of production residues from the architectural and heat resistant glass industries:
Mastermelt GmbH recovers precious metal from customers low grade materials such as wires and scrap plated components. These include: