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By Shane Lasley
Metal Tech News 

Rio Tinto moves into scandium market

To recover critical alloy metal from titanium mine in Quebec Metal Tech News – January 20, 2021


Last updated 7/10/2022 at 3:02pm

Rio Tinto titanium iron scandium aluminum mine Quebec

Airbus APWorks

Metal 3D printing is among the emerging uses for the scandium to be produced by Rio Tinto. Weighing in at just 77 pounds, this Airbus APWorks motorcycle is printed from a scandium-aluminum-magnesium alloy known as Scalmalloy.

Rio Tinto's titanium and iron facility in Quebec will soon be producing scandium, a critical metal used by the aerospace, defense, and high-tech sectors. This will make the global mining company the first commercial scale producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America.

A metal that is often associated with rare earths because they tend to be found alongside the 15 lanthanide elements...

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