leading innovation in rare earth metals.

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.


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What we do.

NdFeB strip cast alloys

SmCo alloys

Hydrogen Storage Alloys

Metal making

Speciality alloys

Lab analysis

Our Services

What we Offer.

Laboratory Analysis

Our laboratory is equipped to test the properties of inorganic materials.

Cast Products

We’re focussed on vacuum induction melting of alloys.

Raw Materials

A range of raw materials as little as 6kg – perfect for your research project needs.

Isotropic Bonded Powders

Isotropic powders are processed by rapid quenching methods. Isotropic magnetic powders can be used to produce bonded NdFeB magnets through amalgamation.

Anisotropic Bonded Powders

Anisotropic magnetic powders can be used to produce bonded magnets with maximum energy products twice that of the isotropic bonded magnets.

Co-reduction Products

SmCo alloy powders are produced through the reaction of mixed oxide with a reductant metal at elevated temperatures by induction melting.

What WE DO

LCM processes are focussed around vacuum induction melting of alloys.

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.


By adopting a life-cycle perspective LCM recognises the impact it HaS on the environment.

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.

Our Work



(Sustainable Recovery, Reprocessing and Reuse of Rare-Earth Magnets in a circular Economy) – This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The aim of this project is to develop a recycling supply chain for rare earth magnets in the EU and to demonstrate these new materials on a pilot scale within a range of application sectors.


To establish a stable and secure supply of critical rare earth elements based on a sustainable extraction from European apatite sources used in fertiliser production.


The goal of the UPGRADE project is to design and achieve a fine microstructure in the strip-cast ribbons that leads to high coercive NdFeB permanent magnets.

3D ReMag

This project aims to upscale and introduce to the market a new NdFeB powder better suited for 3D printing technology.


The Latest News.


LCM partners with IONIC TECHNOLOGIES and FORD for RE magnet recycling in the UK

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LCM and Materials Nexus awarded funding for research project to reduce HRE in high-performance permanent magnets

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LCM enters into strategic supply agreement with Rainbow Rare Earths to bolster an ethical Western supply chain for rare earth elements

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