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Technology news - 21 September

Furuya Metal Company in Japan has officially opened its new plasma facility supplied by Tetronics for the reclamation of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) from spent chemical and other industrial waste catalysts.

Tetronics International is a global supplier of Direct Current (DC) plasma waste recovery plants for the treatment of hazardous waste and metal recovery.

Furuya has introduced the plasma pyrometallurgical facility in a newly constructed building at its Japanese Tsuchiura plant. This will enable Furuya to recover PGMs from low grade scrap catalysts with highly efficient technical recovery rates.

Tetronics’ technology has been used for decades to recover Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium from precious metal bearing waste materials. With on-going development, Furuya, Mitsubishi Corp and Tetronics International have now jointly developed know-how to recover Ruthenium and Iridium from low grade scrap.

Plant operation started in mid-August and Furuya expects scrap collection to start from next spring. Furuya is expected to receive a subsidy from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for this project under its ‘Program for conserving consumption of rare metals’. The company hopes the new plasma facility will increase its income by around $2 million (£1.26M) per year.

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