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Shortage of raw materials

 

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No Niobium – No Modern Cruises.

 

The rare metal, niobium, is used to make special steel that is particularly strong. If reserves run out, as predicted, in less than 49 years’ time, then this will not only have fatal effects on ship building. Availability could become a problem even before 2056: 92 % of the total volume mined comes from one single country. REMONDIS is developing recycling methods to ensure such supply bottlenecks need never happen. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future.German Qualität.

The availability of niobium has been classified as particularly critical.

No Tantalum – No Mobiles.

 

Mobile phones are a part of our everyday life. It is very hard to imagine just one day without mobiles – let alone the whole future. And yet such a situation is not so far off: these marvels of technology need tantalum, just one of many rare materials, and natural reserves of this element are expected to last for another 93 years. And yet the rapid developments in the electronics industry mean that the demand for this material is also increasing all the time. REMONDIS develops processes with which this important raw material can be returned to the production cycle. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

72.5 % of tantalum, which the IW has classified as particularly critical, is produced in just three countries.

No Gold – No Televisions.

 

Gold is not only found in jewellery cases and safes but also in many other everyday appliances – in gold-coated electrical fittings and very fine gold wire or in modern televisions. This precious metal, however, will not be able to be mined for much longer – reserves are expected to last around another 19 years. REMONDIS recovers gold. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

Huge volumes of stone must be moved to get a single troy ounce of gold – the craters can even be seen from space.

No Indium – No Computer Screens.

 

Modern screens are not possible without indium and many other future technologies also need this high-tech material. And yet at the current rate of consumption, the economically viable reserves will have run out in 17 years’ time. New ideas are needed to guarantee stable future supplies. REMONDIS is researching indium recycling methods. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

Rapidly increasing prices and decreasing reserves ensure that indium has become one of the world’s rarest and most valuable raw materials.

No Copper – No Cars.

 

Copper, with its high conductivity, corrosion resistance and good formability, is the optimal material for the automobile industry. And yet copper is becoming scarce: natural reserves will have run out in about three decades’ time. The solution lies in the metal itself: copper can be recycled, again and again, without quality loss. REMONDIS has been returning large volumes of this raw material to production cycles for many years now. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

People have been using copper for over 10,000 years. But this natural raw material will soon be history – natural reserves have almost run out.

No Gallium – No Satellites.

 

Satellites make our lives safer. Besides TV programmes, they transmit important data for weather warnings or for marine navigation. The energy needed for this is provided by solar technology using gallium. By 2030, demand for this raw material – for future technologies alone – will be six times higher than total production needs today. REMONDIS is acting now and developing recycling methods. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

Supply problems can be expected due to the economic importance of gallium and the predicted rapid increase in demand for the material.

No Cobalt – No Artificial Joints.

 

Cobalt is not only used in batteries and magnets but also in medicine: used as an alloy for artificial joints, it maintains people’s mobility and joie de vivre – reliably and for many years. Forecasts on its availability, though, are not so good, for this natural raw material has been classified as critical even though reserves should last for another 100 years. Recycling is essential to safeguard supplies for medical treatment. REMONDIS is researching possible methods. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

Predestined for implants: cobalt is wear-resistant and well tolerated by human tissue.

No Titanium – No Modern Aviation.

 

Be it to go on holiday or a business trip – planes are essential for many people. So titanium is, too, as it provides stability for the undercarriage, engines, fuselage and wings. The world would be a much smaller place without it. But, natural reserves of this material are finite and are expected to last another 136 years. REMONDIS is thinking ahead and developing processes to return titanium to production cycles. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

Titanium has a wide variety of uses but natural reserves of this all-round talent are finite.

No Water – No Life.

 

Water makes up more than two-thirds of the surface of our blue planet. But only about one percent is fresh water that can be used directly by humans. Drinking water, though, is becoming ever more important as the world’s population continues to grow. REMONDIS provides professional water management services to ensure there is continued access to this vital commodity. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.

4 billion people will be living in countries suffering from serious water shortages in 2025.

 

No Zircon – No Brilliant Smiles.

 

Dental prostheses must be functional and aesthetic. With its natural look, biocompatibility and durability, zircon meets these requirements better than any other material – so demand is correspondingly high. The availability of this mineral has been classified as particularly critical; reserves are expected to run out in ca. 44 years. REMONDIS is developing solutions to recover this ‘white gold’. The highest levels of quality, worldwide. For a secure future. German Qualität.