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Terence Bell

Minor Metals Americas - Day 1 Afternoon

By September 27, 2013

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In the afternoon, topics at the Minor Metals Americas Conference shifted to a more technical focus.

Bloomberg presented on their financial and information services for mining and commodities companies, while David Mayfield from Gradient discussed the regulatory issues that impact metals companies. The toxicologist's discussion of metal industry regulations segued well into our concluding talk on cadmium.

Cadmium is one of the most heavily regulated metals because of its toxicity, yet it is still an integral metal in specific applications. Hugh Morrow, an expert in the field and Senior Consultant from the International Cadmium Association, provided a thorough background on the minor metal, which is mainly found in nickel-cadmium batteries used in portable consumer (think hand-held power tools) and industrial energy storage. 

While batteries account for about 85 percent, there are still niche markets for cadmium compounds in red, orange and yellow high temperature colour pigments, as well as conductive alloys and coatings for steel, aluminum and titanium coatings.

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