Met-Link (Pty) Ltd is a key player in the Sourcing and Supplying of Metallurgical Raw Materials and Minerals globally.
With an extensive Client Contact Base, along with a foundation of 16 years worth of Metals Industry experience to draw upon, the company is able to do business in most countries in the world.
Met-Link (Pty) Ltd is owned and managed by Garth Sinclair, who offers a vast pool of experience, having previously done business in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Singapore, South Korea, the Southern African region, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA
The company serves a Business to Business Marketing function by facilitating and brokering the linking of Customers and Suppliers worldwide.
Key Products catered for include Ferroalloys, Base Metals and Foundry Products.
With an in depth knowledge of the Sourcing and Supplying of wide range of Metallurgical Commodities, International Trade as well as experience in Commodity and Foreign Currency hedge mechanisms, Met-Link (Pty) Ltd is ideally equipped to link both Clients and Suppliers in most countries in the world – across a variety of different industries.
Ferroalloy refers to various alloys of iron with a high proportion of one or more other elements such as manganese, aluminium, or silicon. They are used in the production of steels and alloys. The alloy impart distinctive qualities to steel and cast iron or serve important functions during production and are, therefore, closely associated with the iron and steel industry, the leading consumer of ferroalloys.
Nickel is used in many specific and recognizable industrial and consumer products, including stainless steel, alnico magnets, coinage, rechargeable batteries, electric guitar strings, microphone capsules, and special alloys. It is also used for plating and as a green tint in glass. Nickel is preeminently an alloy metal, and its chief use is in the nickel steels and nickel cast irons, of which there are many varieties. It is also widely used in many other alloys, such as nickel brasses and bronzes, and alloys with copper, chromium, aluminium, lead, cobalt, silver, and gold (Inconel, Incoloy, Monel, Nimonic).
Ferroniobium is an important iron niobium alloy, with a niobium content of 60-70%. It is the main source for niobium alloying of HSLA steel and covers more than 80% of the world wide niobium production. The niobium is mined from pyrochlore deposits and is subsequently transformed into the niobium pentoxide Nb2O5. This oxide is mixed with iron oxide and aluminium and is reduced in an aluminothermic reaction to niobium and iron. The ferroniobium can be purified by electron beam melting or used as it is. For alloying with steel the ferroniobium is added to molten steel before casting. The largest producers of ferroniobium are the same as for niobium and are located in Brazil and Canada.
Ferrosilicon is produced by reduction of silica or sand with coke in presence of iron. Typical sources of iron are scrap iron, millscale. Ferrosilicons with silicon content up to about 15% are made in blast furnaces lined with acid fire bricks. Ferrosilicons with higher silicon content are made in electric arc furnaces. The usual formulations on the market are ferrosilicons with 15%, 45%, 75%, and 90% silicon. The remainder is iron, with about 2% consisting of other elements like aluminium and calcium.
Steel abrasives are steel particles that are used as abrasive or peening media. They are usually available in two different shapes (shot and grit) that address different industrial applications. Steel shot refers to spherical grains made of molten steel through an atomization ("granulation") process, available in different sizes and hardnesses. Steel grit characterizes grains with a predominantly angular shape. These grains are obtained by crushing steel shot, therefore they exhibit sharp edges and broken sections. Harder than steel shot, it is also available in different sizes and hardnesses.
Titanium is used in steelmaking for deoxidation, grain-size control, and carbon and nitrogen control and stabilization. During steelmaking, titanium is usually introduced as ferrotitanium because of its relatively low melting temperature and high density. Steels with relatively high titanium content include interstitial-free, stainless and high-strength low-alloy steels. Ferrotitanium is usually produced by induction melting of titanium scrap with iron or steel; however, it also is produced directly from titanium mineral concentrates.
Tungsten is an important alloying element in high-speed and other tool steels, and is used to a lesser extent in some stainless and structural steels. Tungsten is often added to steel melts as ferrotungsten, which can contain up to 80% tungsten.
Ferrochrome is an alloy of chromium and iron containing between 50% and 70% chromium. The ferrochrome is produced by electric arc melting of chromite, an iron magnesium chromium oxide and the most important chromium ore. Most of the world's ferrochrome is produced in South Africa, Kazakhstan and India, which have large domestic chromite resources. Over 80% of the world's ferrochrome is utilised in the production of stainless steel.