The scandium advantage

Considered a critical mineral by a number of countries, including the United States, Canada and Australia, scandium is a versatile and useful resource that allows global manufacturers and industries to redefine the limits of design and production process.

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Element North 21 scandium operations
The Burra Project, Australia
En route to becoming a global leading supplier

Located in New South Wales, Australia, this new undertaking seeks to deliver a long-life, high-grade scandium resource. Despite its small footprint, it has the potential to become the primary scandium operation in Australia and globally.

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RTIT Quebec Operations, Canada
Extracting scandium from waste

Find out how we developed a new way to extract and produce high-purity scandium oxide from the waste streams of titanium dioxide production, without the need for any additional mining.

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Learn more about scandium production from Rio Tinto
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The quality of scandium oxide and mechanical properties of high performance aluminium alloys

Product purity

High purity scandium oxide

Strength improvement

Typical mechanical limit increase for each 0.1% addition of scandium in aluminium alloys

* Megapascal

Thermal resistance

Aluminium-scandium alloys can withstand temperatures of up to 600°C with limited performance degradation

Maximize decarbonisation

Aluminium-scandium alloys help produce lighter components, optimizing energy efficiency during the manufacturing process

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