Specialists in the machining, fabrication & supply of Molybdenum, Tantalum, Tungsten, Zirconium & Niobium

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Tantalum Project Photos


Tantalum is generally made from sintering the powdered ore to produce a metal with an extremely high melting point of approximately 2990°C. It has an excellent resistance to corrosion against molten metals and liquids, is biocompatible and has very high conductivity.

Applications Include;

  • Heat Exchanger Tubes
  • Charge Carriers,
  • Capacitors,
  • Electrodes and Grounding Rings
  • Jet Engine Parts,
  • Missile Parts,
  • Vacuum Furnace Parts

Tungsten Project Photos


Tungsten has the highest melting point of these refractory metals at 3422°C. It is very robust and has an extremely high tensile strength; it has the ability to be drawn into very thin wires. Tungsten’s corrosion resistance is also very good.

Applications Include;

  • Lighting Elements,
  • X-ray targets,
  • Heating Elements,
  • Missile Components
  • and due to its high density is used as counter weights.

Zirconium Project Photos


Zirconium is a lustrous, greyish-white, soft, ductile, and malleable, it is highly resistant to corrosion by alkalis, acids, salt water, and other agents. The melting point of zirconium is approx 1855°C.

Applications Include;

  • Laboratory Crucibles
  • Metallurgical Furnaces,
  • Surgical Appliances
  • Missile Components,
  • Vacuum Tube Filaments

Niobium Project Photos


Niobium has a similar structure to Tantalum and is produced in a similar method. It too has a very high melting point of around 2470°C. It has excellent corrosive resistance and has good cold ductility. It is however half as dense as Tantalum.

Applications Include;

  • Sintering Trays and Boats,
  • Special Chemical Applications,
  • Superconductors,
  • Medical Components,
  • Jet Engine Parts,
  • and is used in the lighting industry.

Titanium Project Photos


Titanium (pronounced /ti'tane'ium/) is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is a light, strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant (including to sea water and chlorine) transition metal with a silver colour.

Lightweight Alloys For;

  • Aerospace,
  • Military,
  • Industrial Process,
  • Automotive
  • Agri-food,
  • Medical Prostheses,
  • Orthopedic Implants,
  • Sporting Goods

Molybdenum Project Photos


Molybdenum is a very hard, pure element with an extremely high melting point of around 2620°C, it has a high thermal conductivity and is corrosive resistant to glass and other metals.

Applications Include;

  • Sintering Trays and Boats
  • Charge Carriers,
  • Aerospace Parts
  • Plasma Spraying Nozzles & electrodes
  • Sputtering Targets,
  • Furnace Components,
  • Glass Stirrers,
  • Medical Parts

About SMF

Over 120 years experience

ISO Certified

in-house machining

in-house welding

The new Special Metals Fabrication Ltd was established in 2004 to specialize in the supply, machining and fabrication of refractory metal products. The team boasts a combined experience of over 120 years in the specialist metals industry, allowing us to call upon a wealth of experience and unique knowledge when approaching new and established fabrications.


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