MUNICH, Germany, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - H.C. Starck, a leading
manufacturer of technology metals and advanced ceramics, announced
today that its tantalum supply chain has been declared free of
"conflict minerals" for a third consecutive year following an
independent audit. The audit was conducted by a third party auditor
assigned by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and
Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) as part of the Conflict-Free
Smelter (CFS) Validation Program.
"We are very pleased about this recertification," said Andreas Meier,
President and CEO of H.C. Starck. "It is an award for our raw materials
strategy and an incentive to continue our sustainability commitment."
All of H.C. Starck's tantalum processing plants in the United States,
Germany, Japan, and in Thailand were audited by the EICC and GeSI in
the beginning of 2013 and were found to meet the high CFS site
requirements. To be declared conflict-free, H.C. Starck had to prove
that it has documented a conflict minerals policy which is integrated
into business operations; deploys a system for tracing finished goods
back to its mine of origin, and documents that all of its purchased
materials are from conflict-free sources.
"A secure, long-term supply of conflict-free raw materials is a
strategic core topic for our company and also benefits our customers,"
continued Meier. The raw material supply of H.C. Starck rests on two
strong pillars: cooperation with established and certified mines as
well as increasing recycling activities of technology metals.
"Technology metal recycling is a distinctive competence of H.C.
Starck," said Meier. "It helps us to accomplish supply security and it
reduces our dependency from volatile raw material pricing."
A full version of the press release is available at http://www.hcstarck.com/press.
SOURCE: H.C. Starck GmbH
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