Ceramics and metals specialist H.C. Starck says that it has received the certification for the processing of ‘conflict-free’ tantalum raw materials the seventh year in a row. The audit included its subsidiary H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH and associated company H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG.

‘Fair and responsible purchasing of raw materials remains a key pillar of our raw materials strategy,’ said Dr Jens Knöll, chairman of the executive board. ‘We source and process tantalum exclusively from demonstrably conflict-free sources. We focus on achieving the greatest possible transparency on this subject, and we are proud to have met the stringent RMAP criteria for the seventh time in a row.’

Among other things, H.C. Starck has implemented purchasing systems according to the new specifications.

‘Our company has very high purchasing standards; H.C. Starck has already managed to fulfill the main requirements of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation which will be binding as from 2021,’ said Dr Knöll.

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