Tin, tantalum, tungsten (the "3 T's") and gold are mined in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and found in many consumer electronics products. The United Nations and other organizations have drawn clear links between the ongoing conflict, illicit trade of conflict minerals and human suffering in the DRC.
These valuable minerals are often smuggled out of the DRC through neighboring countries and then shipped to some smelters around the world for refinement. Eventually, conflict minerals make their way to the U.S. and all over the world in consumer products.
GAM has been a leader among tantalum producers to ensure a socially responsible and "conflict free" supply chain. GAM owns the largest known ethical source of tantalum ore at their Western Australia based mines and also has a smelting/processing operation which processes tantalum ore for the electronics, aerospace, automotive and other industries at our U.S. and Japanese based facilities. In addition to our mines, we have continuously sourced ethically produced, "conflict free" tantalum raw material throughout the world for our smelting/processing operations.