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 QS9000 agreements with manufacturers and participate in LEAN 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 in the alternative a cost effective process could be designed to extract the rare earth components of the alloy 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.

Selected Products Supplied to the Automotive Industry

10-2-3 Titanium Alloy 5N 99.999% Tin(IV) Sulfide Powder Aluminum Cerium Alloy Aluminum Fluoride Sputtering Target
Aluminum Hydroxide Nanoparticles Aluminum Magnesium Alloy 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) 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 Powder Hafnium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Hafnium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Hastelloy X Powder
Inconel 718 Alloy 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 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 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 Oxide Powder
Magnesium Perchlorate Hexahydrate Magnesium Perchlorate, Anhydrous 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 Powder
Nickel Fluoride Nickel Foil Nickel Powder 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
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticle Dispersion Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Yttrium Oxide Powder Yttrium Sputtering Target