Cemented carbide and the components and tools produced from it are precious as they contain a high proportion of cobalt (Co) and tungsten (W), metals that are in great demand. Extracting cobalt and tungsten from ore is very costly and energy-intensive. To obtain one ton of tungsten, 250 tons of ore have to be mined and processed. So resource efficiency and low consumption of raw materials are our first concern. In parallel to this, secondary raw materials must be recovered from recycled carbide cutting tools over the product lifecycle so they can be used again.
At CERATIZIT we constantly work on the development of innovative products which will allow our customers progressively to increase the efficiency of their machining processes. At the same time we are always looking for solutions with a low ecological footprint, something we have now accomplished with CT-GS20Y: it combines the performance of a premium carbide grade with a deliberately sustainable production process.