ANC Now One of the Largest Scrap Carbide Recyclers in the World

HOUSTON - American National Carbide (ANC) announces the completion of their expanded carbide scrap recycling facility, which now has capacity to process over one million pounds of scrap carbide per year, making the 47-year old manufacturer one of the largest recyclers of scrap carbide in the world. The addition of new, state-of-the-art equipment and major advancements in carbide recycling technology are the culmination of a two-year, multi-million dollar project that establishes ANC as a leader in the reclamation of scrap carbide.

"This expansion was a key part of our push for sustainability with respect to tungsten carbide," says D. Greg Stroud, President and CEO. "By minimizing the presence of tungsten carbide in the waste stream and increasing recycling of this material, we are helping to offset any future effects of its consumption. It's better for the industry and better for the environment." The proprietary recycling process developed by ANC produces no emissions or waste products and is able to convert 100% of the scrap carbide back into usable raw material without any loss of integrity or quality in the material.

ANC also offers a recycling program to its customers. Carbide manufacturers can have carbide scrap processed and returned to them as a usable raw material, and carbide users can redeem their scrap for credit or cash. "This new program gives our customers a way of helping the environment, as well as reducing the effect of the volatility in the tungsten market," says Stroud. "The net result is that they get raw material or finished products for a lower price, because they are obtaining value from their scrap."

ANC buys a wide variety of "hard scrap," including carbide inserts, drilling compacts and buttons, carbide end mills and drills, wear parts, saw tips, coal mining tips, road construction tips, nozzles, PDC inserts, carbide grit, blanks, ball mill and attritor mill media, overspray from plasma spray operations, and other solid carbide scrap. It also purchases "soft scrap," such as grinding sludge (wet or dry), turnings and grindings, presintered and unsintered carbide parts, grade powder, and powder scrap.