Operations


Operations

 A-1 Specialized Services & Supplies, Inc. is the world's largest lot consolidator and dry processor of salvage automotive catalytic converters, and of catalyst as removed from converters. The Company sources feed material from hundreds of suppliers ranging from cottage-type collectors of recyclable automotive parts to vehicle manufacturers. While A-1 has a global reach, the majority of input converter/catalyst arises in the United States and Canada. As salvage converter/catalyst availability increases elsewhere in the world, A-1 will access such material directly through regional collection centers. The Company's first overseas venture was the establishment in 1998 of its collection center in Weiterstadt, Germany.

After receipt at A-1's dock, converters are opened to liberate catalyst, and the catalyst is crushed, milled, automatically sampled and sub-sampled in accordance with procedures dictated by strict statistical control. Catalyst sub-samples are divided and distributed to outside laboratories for assay. Bulk catalyst is packaged and shipped to world-class downstream processors for extraction of contained platinum, palladium and rhodium metals, and for subsequent metals separation and refining into commodity-grade form. Empty converter shells and associated parts, and other scrap materials, are shipped to specialty recyclers.

All processing, from first receipt through final production as commodity-grade PGMs, is conducted under strict statistical and environmental controls.

For more information about environmental matters, please refer to the Environment section.



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