The European Commission’s second annual raw materials week in Brussels took place during the first week of November.
Over the week, various meetings and conferences were held on material issues such as responsible mining and critical raw materials (CRMs). The MMTA attended a conference organised by the EU funded project SCRREEN, which aims to create a network of experts on CRMs.
There were presentations on chrome, indium and scandium, which ranged from how to substitute from flat screen devices (indium), to how to ensure a more reliable/ abundant/ cheaper supply to support the development of light weight alloys (scandium).
The participants ranged from association representatives and academics to metals and mining industry professionals.
The MMTA aims to engage with these research groups more fully to ensure that association members are properly represented and that the technological advantages of minor metals are promoted as widely as possible.