H.C. Starck receives certification for processing conflict-free tantalum raw materials for the seventh time in a row
- Conflict-free raw material sourcing remains a key element of the H.C. Starck strategy
- H.C. Starck has already now managed to fulfill the main requirements of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation
Among other things, H.C. Starck has successfully implemented the purchasing systems according to the new specifications of RMI audit procedures. H.C. Starck’s newly established supplier qualification is the core process within Responsible Supply Chain Management System. “Our company has very high purchasing standards; H.C. Starck has already managed to fulfill the main requirements of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation which will be binding as from 2021,” Dr. Knöll says. Herewith H.C. Starck proved just as unambiguously that the raw material suppliers have implemented the system for gap-free tracing of the raw materials processed back to the conflict-free mine.
“Aside from cooperating with proven conflict-free raw materials producers, we have built up a high level of expertise at our company to establish sustainable recycling processes of secondary raw materials,” Dr. Knöll says. “Meanwhile we have become experts within this area. We can secure a large part of our demand for high-quality, high-performance metal powders from own processing of production residue, slag, and scrap. Herewith we consequently follow our raw material strategy: We take care for transparent, fair and sustainable raw material procurement and thereby ensure stable, long-term, high-quality powder supply”.
H.C. Starck unconditionally supports the position of the RBA, OECD, and EU of not purchasing, processing, or reselling any raw materials that serve to finance or benefit armed groups. The company actively supports its customers in fulfilling their duties of care and disclosure in accordance with the guidelines set by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). H.C. Starck is a member of the International Tin Supply Chain Initiative (ITSCI), which has developed a highly regarded tracing system for transparent procurement of raw materials from areas of conflict and regularly checks implementation of this system among its member companies.
About H.C. Starck
H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH and the associated H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG are independent subsidiaries of H.C. Starck GmbH. The H.C. Starck Group is an international leading supplier of refractory technology metals and technical ceramics, supplying growing industrial sectors such as the electronics sector, the chemical industry, the automotive industry, medical technology, aviation and aerospace, energy and environmental technology, and machine and tool building from its own production locations in Europe, America, and Asia. As of December 31, 2017, the group employed approximately 2,600 workers in the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, China, Japan, and Thailand.
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