American Elements supplies raw materials at several stages of the automotive production process. Customers include Toyota, Ford, GM and many other manufacturers as well as many Tier 3 suppliers. We have implemented several IATF 16949 agreements with manufacturers and participate in Lean Six Sigma analysis of production processes. American Elements is in full compliance with REACH in order to meet the needs of our European manufacturers.

American Elements now supplies major other electric and hybrid manufacturers with magnetic and energy storage materials to meet the needs of non-combustion alternative energy vehicles.

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Innovation Case Study #2: American Elements Creates First Rare Earth Recycling Program

#2: American Elements Creates First Rare Earth Recycling Program


The Challenge

The discovery of the neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) high-strength permanent magnet by the Delco Remy division of General Motors in the 1980s revolutionized numerous industries, from automobiles to medical imaging to aerospace. However, magnet manufacturers began generating large volumes of scrap neodymium iron boron alloy from their production plants. Given the expense of the rare earth bearing alloy and the environmental impact of simply disposing it in a landfill, producers sought some way to recycle this valuable scrap material. Simply re-melting and reusing scrap alloy produced a substandard magnetic material. American Elements was first approached by Mitsubishi Materials of Japan to see if we could develop a process to recover this valuable asset.

The Innovation

American Elements researchers first confirmed that in its present form, NdFeB scrap could not be reprocessed to produce an acceptable magnetic alloy. A strategic plan was designed to research if a cost effective process could be designed to extract the rare earth components from the scrap for reuse. The alloy also contains valuable dysprosium, so a further challenge was extracting both the neodymium and the dysprosium in a usable form. To meet the needs of this rapidly growing industry, American Elements researchers developed a proprietary inorganic acid-base extraction scheme to recover the neodymium and the dysprosium in a high purity mixed rare earth chloride solution which could be further processed into a mixed rare earth fluoride; the starting material for producing virgin NdFeB alloy. The neodymium and dysprosium could also be separated in the chloride form using solvent extraction.

The Result

After developing the basic technology, American Elements went on to engineer and build a full scale NdFeB magnet scrap reprocessing and rare earth fluoride manufacturing facility producing rare earth fluoride on a commercial scale. This American Elements owned facility has since produced tonnage quantities of recovered neodymium-dysprosium fluoride.
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Selected Products Supplied to the Automotive Industry

(5N) 99.999% Germanium(II) Sulfide (5N) 99.999% Tin(IV) Sulfide Powder (5N) 99.999% Yttrium Oxide 10-2-3 Titanium Alloy
Al4TiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Bars Al4TiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Foil Al4TiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots Al4TiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Plates
Al4TiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods Al4TiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Sheets Al4TiVFeGe High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Bars Al4TiVFeGe High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Foil
Al4TiVFeGe High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots Al4TiVFeGe High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Plates Al4TiVFeGe High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods Al4TiVFeGe High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Sheets
Al4TiVFeSc High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Bars Al4TiVFeSc High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Foil Al4TiVFeSc High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots Al4TiVFeSc High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Plates
Al4TiVFeSc High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods Al4TiVFeSc High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Sheets AlCoCr2FeMo0.5Ni High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Refractory Powder AlCoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Bars
AlCoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Foil AlCoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots AlCoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Plates AlCoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods
AlCoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Sheets AlMoNbTaTiZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots AlMoNbTaTiZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods AlTiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots
AlTiVFeCr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods AlTiVNb High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder AlTiZr0.5NbMo0.5Ta0.5 High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder AlTiZr0.5NbTa0.5 High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder
Aluminum Cerium Alloy Aluminum Cerium Alloy Sputtering Target Aluminum Fluoride Sputtering Target Aluminum Hydroxide Nanoparticles
Aluminum Lithium Magnesium Alloy Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Nanopowder Aluminum Magnesium Powder
Aluminum Magnesium Silicon Alloy Aluminum Nickel Alloy Aluminum Nickel Alloy Powder Aluminum Nickel Alloy Sputtering Target
Aluminum Paste Aluminum Powder Aluminum Silicon Alloy Aluminum Silicon Magnesium Alloy Powder
Aluminum Silicon Powder AlZrNbMo High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Bars AlZrNbMo High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots AlZrNbMo High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Plates
AlZrNbMo High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods AlZrNbMo High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Sheets Bismuth Nanoparticle Dispersion Bismuth Nanoparticles
Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Boron Sulfide Carbon Fabric
Carbon Nanoparticles Cerium Carbonate Cerium(III) Nitrate Hexahydrate Chromium Sulfate Solution
Chromium Wire Cobalt Chromate Cobalt Chromium Alloy Cobalt Molybdate
Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles Cobalt Tungstate Cobalt(II) Chromate Cobalt(II) Molybdenum Oxide Hydrate
Cobalt(II) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Cobalt(III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder CoCrAlFe High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder CoCrAlNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder
CoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder CoCrFeNiAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Bars CoCrFeNiAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Foil CoCrFeNiAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots
CoCrFeNiAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Plates CoCrFeNiAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods CoCrFeNiAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Sheets CoCrFeNiMn High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder
CoCrMo High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder CoCrMo High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder Copper Nanoparticle Dispersion Copper Nanoparticles
Copper Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper Powder CrNiSiMoVAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots CrNiSiMoVAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEAs) Spherical Powder
CrWMoTi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder CuAlTiWV High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder CuCrZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder Fe20Cr20Ni50V4Al2Nb4 High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder
Fe38Ni32Co10Cr10Al5Ti5 High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder Fe45Mn28Co12Cr15 High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder Fe50Mn30Co10Cr10 High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder FeAlCoCrNiTi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder
FeAlCoCrNiTi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder FeCoCrMn High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots FeCoCrNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots FeCoCrNiAl-YHf High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder
FeCoCrNiCu High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder FeCoNi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder FeCoNi(AlSi) High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots FeCoNi(AlSi) High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods
FeCoNiAlCuTi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder FeCoNiAlTi High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder FeCoNiCrAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder FeCoNiCrAl High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder
Germanium(II) Sulfide Graphite Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Hafnium Carbide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Hafnium Carbide Powder
Hafnium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Hafnium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Hastelloy X Powder Inconel 718 Alloy
Inconel 718 Alloy Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Inconel 718 Powder Iron Boride Iron Boride Sputtering Target
Iron Chromium Aluminum Alloy Iron Chromium Aluminum Powder Iron Metal Powder Iron Nickel Alloy
Iron Nickel Powder Iron Silicon Alloy Nanoparticles Iron Silicon Alloy Powder Iron(II) Fluoride
Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Iron(III) Oxide Nanowires Lithium Carbonate Sputtering Target Lithium Coil Lithium Fluoride Powder
Lithium Fluoride Sputtering Target Lithium Hexafluorophosphate Lithium Magnesium Alloy Lithium Magnesium Sputtering Target
Lithium Pieces Lithium Potassium Titanate Lithium Ribbon Lithium Sputtering Target
Lithium-6 Metal Isotope Magnesium Hexafluorophosphate Magnesium Hexafluorophosphate Sputtering Target Magnesium Hydroxide
Magnesium Ingot Magnesium Lanthanum Alloy Magnesium Lanthanum Alloy Sputtering Target Magnesium Manganese Alloy
Magnesium Oxide Powder Magnesium Perchlorate Hexahydrate Magnesium Perchlorate Hydrate Magnesium Perchlorate, Anhydrous
Magnesium Potassium Titanate Magnesium Zinc Zirconium Alloy Manganese Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Manganese Oxide Powder Mesocarbon Microbeads Molybdenum Oxide Nickel Blocks
Nickel Chromium Alloy Nickel Chromium Cobalt Alloy Nickel Chromium Cobalt Powder Nickel Chromium Nanoparticles
Nickel Chromium Powder Nickel Fluoride Nickel Foil Nickel Powder
Nickel(II) Fluoride Tetrahydrate Nickel(III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Nickel(III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder NiCoFeCrAlW High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Spherical Powder
Niobium Oxide Powder Palladium Powder Platinum Rhodium Alloy Platinum Rhodium Alloy Sputtering Target
Platinum Rhodium Powder Potassium-doped Tungsten Wire Rhodium Powder Rhodium(III) Oxide Pentahydrate
Silicon Carbide Silicon Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Silicon Sulfide Silicon Sulfide Sputtering Target
Silver Coil Silver Ink Silver Paste Silver Rhenium Alloy
Silver Strip Stainless Steel Nanoparticles Stainless Steel Powder Tantalum Carbide Powder
Tin Blocks Tin Foil Tin Nanoparticle Dispersion Tin Nanoparticles
Tin Powder Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Alloy Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Powder Titanium Foam
Titanium Powder Titanium(IV) Oxide Powder TiV0.5NbMo0.5HfSi0.3 High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder TiZrMoHfTa High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder
TiZrNbMoHf High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Powder TiZrVTa High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots TiZrVTa High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods Tungsten Titanium Carbide
Tungsten Wire Vanadium Sulfide Vanadyl Oxalate Solution WMoTaZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Bars
WMoTaZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Foil WMoTaZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Ingots WMoTaZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Plates WMoTaZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Rods
WMoTaZr High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Sheets Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticle Dispersion Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Yttrium Oxide Powder
Yttrium Sputtering Target