Case Study: When discovering the value of scrap metal means more profit

MD Metal Trading in Thailand used to inspect non-ferrous scrap metal and secondhand steel structures through trial and error either by cutting, grinding or melting in order to meet smelter standards. However, as technology has advanced, so have the types of metal being manufactured which has made verification more difficult. MD Metal Trading wanted to create a culture of collaboration and trust with its suppliers when it comes to metal grades, and also improve its bottom line. Thanks to the purchase of Hitachi High-Tech’s handheld X-MET8000 Expert analyser, MD Metal Trading team’s price negotiations with suppliers and the addition of new metal types to its existing metal categories has become easier.

MD Metal Trading was established in 2015 by a group of founders with over 20 years’ experience working with ferrous scrap. Their core business is trading nonferrous scrap, copper and aluminium, and second-hand steel structures to smelter and factory owners domestically and internationally. The company wanted to buy an analyser that would help with metal identification so when suppliers questioned MD Metal Trading’s judgement on the grade of metal they’re selling, it wouldn’t be just based on appearance and characteristics. Also, it helps them to accurately ensure metal grades meet international standards.


The X-MET8000 Expert can clearly address chemical composition of metal, sorting the composition in ascending order, and the metal grade coverage with optional Grade database software is astounding with over 340,000 records. The results from the X-MET have also helped the team to negotiate on selling price where the price is based on the elemental composition of the metal.

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Date: 27 March 2019

Author: Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science

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