Inquiries on conflict minerals rise

May 09, 2013 | 12:43 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  conflict minerals, tin, tungsten, tantalum, steel, stainless steel, Michael Pfeifer, Industrial Metallurgists Rose of Sharon DeVos

CHICAGO — Regulations on the sourcing of tantalum, tin and tungsten are creating legal headaches in the U.S. manufacturing supply chain, according to panelists at the recent MetalMiner-sponsored Conflict Minerals Edge conference in Chicago.

And the supply chain is bracing for a deluge of customer inquiries stemming from a final rule approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last August.

The rule compels U.S. companies filing SEC disclosures to provide information about the origins of certain minerals used in their manufacturing processes. It is intended to prevent armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries from profiting from the minerals trade (, Aug. 23).....

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