Plansee has remained an independent private company that you can rely on. We stand for expertise and continuity. This can also be seen in our long-serving Managing Board.
Creating the future responsibly. Since 1921.
Safety, trust and sustainability - these are the values that helped us become what we are today. They testify to our feeling of responsibility towards our customers and the environment and are deeply rooted in our corporate philosophy. For us, one of the preconditions for sustainable economic activity is long-term supply security. We conclude forward-looking framework agreements with our suppliers and control every aspect of production ourselves - from the metal powder through to the finished product. In this way, we can ensure that our products are available when required and delivered in good time to our customers. To ensure that we continue to be a reliable partner in the future, we continuously invest in new technologies.
With our holding in the Chilean company Molibdenos y Metales (Molymet) we have made an important step towards safeguarding our long-term supply of molybdenum. Molymet is the world's largest processor of molybdenum ore concentrates.
Our sister company GTP specializes in the preparation, extraction and reduction of APT. GTP supplies us with exceptionally pure metallic tungsten of a uniformly high quality.
As early as 1921, Plansee chose to specialize in the powder metallurgical production of refractory metals – a recognized green technology.
During the production and processing of our materials, our aim is to minimize the impact on the environment. We continuously consider the issues of material utilization, energy consumption and emissions. The standards we adhere to are summarized in our Environmental and Quality Guidelines. In our Code of Conduct, we affirm our commitment to ethical business practices and demand compliance with applicable legislation. The desire for an honest, direct and fair relationship with our employees, customers and partners throughout the world lies the heart of our corporate philosophy. Close cooperation provides the incentive to achieve outstanding performance and inspires the enthusiasm that leads to exceptional solutions. The scope for individual freedom of action and openness to change are further prerequisites for our global growth.
In our Sustainability Report, you can find out everything about our commitment to health and safety at work, our employees and society. And learn about what we do to make our production operations as environmentally friendly as possible.
Code of conduct.
Our Code of Conduct provides our staff with guidelines for their business conduct and how to fulfill the tasks assigned to them. These five guiding principles are a statement of our commitment to ethical business practices and to adherence to current legislation and communicate our expectations to our staff.
Our strong corporate values have long been a hallmark of the Plansee philosophy. They represent a solid base on which we construct our relations to one another and our partners.
Responsibility means commitment. We procure raw materials from reliable sources.
Tungsten and tantalum are partially mined in conflict regions in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and have therefore been classified as so-called "conflict minerals".
As a company aware of its responsibilities, we exercise due diligence in sourcing tungsten and tantalum.
As one of the world's leading manufacturers of refractory metals such as tungsten and tantalum, we carry great responsibility. We are particularly concerned that the raw materials we procure are sourced responsibly and do not contribute to such conflicts. That is why we employ a wide range of measures to ensure that we do not source or use any raw materials from socially, ethically or ecologically questionable sources. Sustainability is a constant watchword in our purchasing policy. We only select suppliers that comply with rigorous procurement guidelines and Supplier Policy. Raw materials not only have to meet our strict quality requirements. They must also unreservedly respect human rights, employment law and international trade law, meet strict environmental requirements and provide proof that their raw materials come from "conflict-free" sources. We have taken part in a pilot study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and have implementated the Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
Tantalum is an important component of the capacitors used in electronic devices. As a reliable supplier to the electronics industry, we can provide a certificate testifying to the unquestionable origin of our tantalum. In this, the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) certifies that Plansee uses tantalum raw materials from ethically irreproachable sources. The audit scope covers all the preliminary stages involved in the production of the material and an annual re-audit is performed to confirm continued compliance.
This audit conducted as part of the Conflict-Free Smelter program, a joint undertaking promoted by the EICC and Global E-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), is a voluntary obligation adopted by Plansee. For us, our customers and our suppliers, this represents independent confirmation that we are compliant with the Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP).
Following an audit conducted in December 2013 and reaudit in 2015, the audit committee of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) has confirmed that Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP) in Towanda/USA (part of the Plansee Group) is compliant with the Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) Tungsten Protocol. GTP is the world's first tungsten producer to receive this certificate. For Plansee's customers, the certificate provides independent proof that the Plansee Group procures its tungsten from reliable and responsible sources.
Closing the circle. For the environment's sake.
The Plansee Group performs the chemical and thermomechanical processing of returned materials and production waste in its own recycling plants. But the environment is not the only consideration. There are also good economic reasons for re-using these so-called "secondary raw materials":
- Security of supply
- Careful use of natural resources
Our in-house team of scientists is constantly fine-tuning the adopted methods and processes and guarantees that only top-quality powder is obtained. In the case of tungsten, in particular, a large proportion of the Group's material requirements is covered by recycling. The input material to the recovery process consists of sintered hard tungsten carbide scrap as well as soft scrap such as powders and grinding sludge and other secondary raw materials with a tungsten content of 60 % or more. Alloys and other materials such as cobalt, nickel or tantalum can also be recycled. To enable us to reprocess as much waste material as possible, we have long-term take-back agreements with many of our customers.