Leading vertically integrated and conflict-free provider of high performance tantalum metallurgical and powder products to the electronics, aerospace, automotive, chemical manufacturing and other industries.

Solutions for Hope Project

We recently joined The Solutions for Hope Project with component manufacturer AVX Corporation and leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Motorola Solutions, Intel, RIM, Nokia and HP to source conflict-free material from the DRC.

This project is the first in any industry to validate a closed tantalum pipe process, assuring all products contain only conflict-free tantalum in accordance with the principles of the US Government's Dodd-Frank "Conflict Mineral" legislation and current Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidance for "Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas."

The closed pipe process mines tantalum in a particular mining area in the Katanga province of the DRC. The material is managed in compliance with acceptable guidelines and then shipped to an EICC/ GeSI conflict-free verified smelter/ processor.

In December 2010, Global Advanced Metal's tantalum processing plants in the USA and Japan were the first, of any metal type, to be audited and declared "Conflict Free" by the EICC/GeSI Conflict Free Smelter program. In mid-2012, we will process our first shipment of validated conflict-free tantalite ore mined from the Mai Baridi/Luba mine complex in the Katanga region of the DRC.

Mai Baridi/Luba uses the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative's (iTSCi) "bag and tag" scheme, which subjects all tantalum ore set for export to a final-stage independent on-the-ground assessment.

The Solutions for Hope Project remains the only project to exclusively use EICC/GeSI validated Conflict Free Smelters for processing tantalum ore into capacitor-grade materials.

Solutions for Hope - Artisanal mining Mai Baridi