Knowledge and technological equipment are also the foundations of the research we carry out through different R&D projects, either with public support or – in the strictest confidentiality – in collaboration with leading companies in the electronics and white metal sectors worldwide. We are convinced that investment in research is essential to position ourselves in an increasingly global market.
An example of this is the CLADRING project, designed for the recovery of materials with a high tin content in collaboration with the University of Vigo. The project includes an electrorefining process to obtain a 99.9% purity of tin.
Keeping with this line of research, we continued with the SELECT project, which allowed us to expand the electrorefining process for the recovery of other metals. The result of this project is teh European Patent assigned to the concession number EP3385409 B1.
Select FEDER-CDTI Project
On April 28th, 2016, the Board of Directors of the CDTI (Center for Industrial Technological Development) approved the Select Project (Research in hydrometallurgical processes for the selective recovery of metallic and semimetallic elements constituting residues of tin-based alloys).
The proyect is co-financed by CDTI and by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). The executed budget has been of 358.507 €. The reasearch was carried out in our facilities and in those of the department of the Chemical Engineering School at Vigo University.
The Select Project has made it possible to focus on the recovery of metals that accompany tin residues in smaller quantities such as silver, antimony and copper.