Whilst we focus on Tantalum, Niobium, Tungsten, Molybdenum and their alloys, our extensive metallurgic knowledge and over 40 years of metal supply networks means we regularly help our customers with additional requirements on other special metals. Our core metals often work hand in hand with partner metals on a customer project. If we cannot help directly, we can certainly assist in the direction the customer needs to go. We have also developed many alloys for specific markets. Alloying our metals with others such as Copper, Silicon, Aluminium and others to specific properties.

Our primary request  is usually Nickel and Rhenium due to their relationship with our core materials. Each has a set of unique properties and we happily work with our customers both technically and development of a suitable supply

Refractory metal forming

Nickel (Ni)

Forms: bar/rod, wire, sheet/strip, forged parts, tubes

Key characteristics are:

  • High melting point, 1453 ºC
  • Resists corrosion and oxidation
  • Very ductile/Alloys readily
  • Magnetic at room temperature
  • Can be deposited by electroplating
  • Has catalytic properties

Nickel is widely used in over 300,000 products for consumer, industrial, military, transport, aerospace, marine and architectural applications. The biggest use is in alloying – particularly with chromium and other metals to produce stainless and heat-resisting steels. About 65% of the nickel which is produced is used to manufacture stainless steels. Another 20% is used in other steel and non-ferrous alloys. In many of these applications there is no substitute for nickel without reducing performance or increasing cost.

Nickel alloys have good resistance to corrosion, erosion and are often used in chemistry, in systems to de-sulphur flue gas, temperature sensor technology and production of measurement instruments.

Rhenium (Re)

Resistant to heat, corrosion and thermal shock, and possessing excellent electrical resistivity, Rhenium is the ideal material for both project and production applications. Rhenium provides excellent wear resistance, which means increased reliability and greater dependability. This results in a longer life for your component or part.

Pure Rhenium is available in two grades; the standard 99.98% minimum purity and in its highest purity a 99.999% zone refined Rhenium.

Rhenium and its alloys can be sourced in a variety of form including but not exclusively:

  • Wire (Re, Mo-Re, W-Re) Powder (Re, Mo-Re, W-Re)
  • Bar/Rod (Re, Mo-Re, W-Re) Ribbon (Re)
  • Tubing (Mo-Re) Foil (Mo-Re)
  • Sheet/Strip (Re, Mo-Re, W-Re) Plate (Re, Mo-Re)