By developing new activities around specialty metals, Eramet is taking up a position on markets with high growth potential. The products currently developed by the Group mainly concern industry, more specifically aerospace, cutting and machining tools, pigments, chemicals and medicine. Ongoing projects in lithium, niobium, scandium, tantalum and rare earths point to new opportunities.
For the Lithium project
At this stage in the project, Eramet intends to sell its future lithium-based products to manufacturers of cathodes and phone, computer and electric car batteries.
For cobalt and iron
The cobalt chloride produced by Eramet's Sandouville-Le Havre, France refinery is used to make cobalt salts which are in turn used to make metal powders, but also pigments – as in cobalt blue – and catalysts (chemicals industry).
The main outlet for the Sandouville-Le Havre plant's iron chloride is in water treatment works. These facilities use it as a coagulant for phosphate precipitation applications and slurry processing.
For titanium and zirconium
Thanks to its units in Senegal and Norway, TiZir is able to supply a range of raw materials including ilmenite and titanium slag to manufacturers of titanium dioxide pigments and titanium metal worldwide.
Titanium dioxide is considered to have superior properties as a bright white pigment. Non-toxic and chemically inert, it is used in many types of products. Its opacity, shine and whiteness mean it is appreciated in the paint, paper, plastics and pharma industries.
A co-product of titanium slag at the Tyssedal, Norway plant, high purity pig iron (HPPI) is used in casting for various industries (wind turbine parts, automotive parts, engine parts, tools and heavy cast iron).
Zirconium mined by Grande Côte Opérations (GCO) in Senegal, is mostly used to make ceramics because of its opacity, wear resistance and hardness. Its stability when subjected to high temperatures makes it suitable for cast iron, specialty chemicals and as a refractory.