Less Common Metals Ltd is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of complex alloy systems and metals, and are specialists in those based on rare earth elements.
Isotropic powders are processed by rapid quenching methods. Isotropic magnetic powders can be used to produce bonded NdFeB magnets through amalgamation.
Anisotropic magnetic powders can be used to produce bonded magnets with maximum energy products twice that of the isotropic bonded magnets.
SmCo alloy powders are produced through the reaction of mixed oxide with a reductant metal at elevated temperatures by induction melting.
The form of these materials varies from powders, through cast alloy ingots and cast shapes to rapidly cooled flake generated by strip casting. All of these materials include rare earth and non-rare earth containing alloys. We are continuously working to develop and secure a sustainable supply chain of rare earths.
This includes the sourcing and procurement of our raw materials, to the end of life impacts associated with the consumer products containing our metals and alloys. As a consequence it is our intention to maintain and continually improve our environmental management system, in accordance with ISO 14001: 2015, such that it achieves the goals of protection of the environment (including the prevention of pollution), improved environmental performance and meeting all our compliance obligations.