Meta Material produce high grade specialised materials for use in the electronics, aerospace, medical, science and construction industries, specializing in Tantalum and associated intermediary products. In its metallic form, Tantalum has the appearance of a dense, shiny silver metal. Its unique characteristics include an extremely high melting point, a resistance to almost all acids (with the exception of Hydrofluoric acid) and is highly corrosion resistant.
Due to these qualities, Tantalum is widely used in the electronics industry. It forms an oxidising layer which is highly dielectric thereby creating high capacitance, even when applied as a relatively thin coating. It is therefore a vital material for the production of electronic devices such as mobile phones and has been an essential element in the global technology revolution.
Because Tantalum is highly temperature and corrosion resistant, it is widely used in the aerospace industry as it can be employed in diverse and demanding environments such as the nose cones of supersonic aircraft, coating jet engine turbine blades, and nozzles.
Tantalum causes no immune reaction in mammals and so is also used in the creation of medical prosthetics. It has been used to bind nerves and abdominal muscles and replace bone.
Tantalum is very rarely found on its own naturally. It occurs mainly in combination with the mineral columbite-tantalite, which contains other metals as well. It is most commonly found with niobium and indeed, as these elements similar qualities. The very unique properties of Tantalum make it an highly specialised material requiring very specific processes in order to refine into the various forms required by industry. Meta Materials are an established leader in this field, with a proprietary process that produces material to suit the wide range of specifications required by our customers.
Meta Material provide Tantalum, Niobium and secondary products such as Calcium Fluoride and derivatives. We are able to meet even the most demanding specification requirements as required by our customers.
Compliance and Quality
Meta Material is committed to remaining a 100% conflict free tantalum smelter.
OECD Guidance on conflict free minerals is embedded into the company’s core management system. A strongly integrated management system employing integrated risk management, alerting, and mitigation, enables risk to be correctly assessed and mitigated while unacceptable deviations are avoided.
To meet our obligations and commitment to remaining conflict free we utilise data and information from a wide range of sources and assurance mechanisms, such as the Better Sourcing Program (BSP), to validate all actors within the mineral supply chain. This commitment to due diligence and risk assessment ensures that our refinery is and shall remain a completely conflict free mineral supplier in compliance with US, EU and regulations through the full implementation of OECD guidelines and beyond. This ensures that Meta Material are a partner for all customers world-wide, no matter what regulatory framework you, or your customers, operate under.
Our commitment to compliance and highly ethical business practices go far beyond mandatory compliance, encouraging full engagement and partnership with suppliers, customers, local communities and other stakeholders.
Meta Materials are certified by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) as a conflict free smelter in full compliance with the ‘conflict free smelter’ program.
Our organisation operates a continuous monitoring and improvement program across our entire compliance process. If you believe that you have a serious grievance or concern regarding our conflict free minerals program, then please do contact our Group Company Secretary using the contact form provided. Alternatively, if you have a genuine concern about our commitment to assuring that all minerals supplied by our group are conflict free, then please feel free to contact the independent regulator via the RMI Grievance Mechanism link here.
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