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Metals By Type

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Find information on every metal, based on its industrial classification.

  1. Base Metals
  2. Elemental Metals
  3. Minor Metals
  4. Ferrous Metals
  1. Platinum Group Metals (PGMs)
  2. Rare Earth Metals
  3. Trade Alloys

Base Metals

The term 'base metals' commonly refers to industrial, non-ferrous metals.

Elemental Metals

Who discovered aluminum? How is iron produced? What is tungsten used for? Learn everything you need to know about the history, properties, production and applications of individual metals in the Metal Profiles section.

Minor Metals

The term 'minor metals' is used to describe about 40 elemental metals that are normally produced as by-products and not traded on any major exchanges.

Ferrous Metals

Ferrous metals are distinguished by their iron content and are used primarily in the production of steel.

Platinum Group Metals (PGMs)

The platinum group metals (PGMs) are six transitional metal elements that are chemically, physically and anatomically similar.

Rare Earth Metals

The rare earth or lanthanide metals include elements with the atomic numbers 57 through 71. Due to their similar properties and tendency to be found with the lanthanides, scandium (atomic number 21) and yttrium (39) are also normally referred to as rare earth elements.

Trade Alloys

Common alloys that are used in industry for their specific mechanical, physical and chemical properties.

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