Tetronics, specialists in the treatment of hazardous waste and metal recovery, plans to use its plasma technology to extract valuable metals from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) with a new plant in Taiwan.
The move follows an agreement with Taiwan-based Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp, a refiner for precious metals and rare materials.
Already, Solar is installing its first Tetronics plasma plant in Taiwan, which will recover precious metals and platinum group metals for final refining.
Solar chief operating officer Dr Ma said: “We are not simply buying a plasma solution, we are more importantly building on an already strong partnership with Tetronics that will see us leveraging other spent catalyst and related opportunities in Taiwan, China and further afield. Tetronics’ support has been essential to the Solar team and will be instrumental in progressing these opportunities going forward. The refining technology is of course important to us, and we are confident that Tetronics’ plasma solution provides higher levels of technical recovery than any competing technology.”
The Tetronics process is designed to separate and recover the valuable material in the WEEE, while destroying any hazardous components. The remaining non-valuable material is turned into Plasmarok – a safe disposable, non-hazardous material.
Tetronics chief executive Stephen Davies said: “Tetronics is proud to have been selected as a long-term partner with Solar, one of the world’s fastest growing players in precious metal and rare material recovery. We believe our plasma technology is ideally suited to support Solar in their continued rapid growth plans.”