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.
Below is merely a selection of the full catalog of Automotive products that American Elements manufactures. If you do not see a material you're looking for listed, please search the website or contact customerservice@americanelements.com.

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
Aluminum Cerium Alloy 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 Sputtering Target Aluminum Paste Aluminum Powder
Aluminum Silicon Alloy Aluminum Silicon Magnesium Alloy Powder Aluminum Silicon Powder 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 Copper Nanoparticle Dispersion
Copper Nanoparticles Copper Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper 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 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 Pieces Lithium Ribbon Lithium Sputtering Target
Lithium-6 Metal Isotope Magnesium Hexafluorophosphate Magnesium Hydroxide Magnesium Ingot
Magnesium Lanthanum Alloy Magnesium Oxide Powder Magnesium Perchlorate Hexahydrate Magnesium Perchlorate Hydrate
Magnesium Perchlorate, Anhydrous 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 Niobium Oxide Powder
Palladium Powder Platinum Rhodium Alloy Platinum Rhodium Powder 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 Tungsten Titanium Carbide
Tungsten Wire Vanadium Sulfide Vanadyl Oxalate Solution Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticle Dispersion
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Yttrium Oxide Powder Yttrium Sputtering Target