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What happens to used Catalytic Converters?


The catalytic converter is a vehicle component that’s responsible for reducing harmful emissions from the exhaust. However, these converters don’t last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. This is where Phoenix Group Metals comes in, there are several factors to consider before partnering with a catalytic converter company. This guide will explain why they can cost so much and what it takes to recycle or refine your own catalytic converters in order to get the best value out of them.

What sets a catalytic converter price?

Catalytic converters are expensive. This is because they are made of precious metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium, which can be reused in the manufacturing process. They also contain elements like Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium that are extremely rare and expensive to mine. That's why companies like Phoenix Group Metals support whats called "Urban Mining" efforts to buy used or salvaged catalytic converters so that they can be processed and refined into raw materials and reused.

The price of a catalytic converter depends on several factors including how the vehicle was used, where it was manufactured, how it was loaded as in the quantity of precious metals used and the purity level at the end of processing. These are just several of the factors that come into play. Further you need to consider the process used by the catalytic converter recycler itself. Many decaning facilities use dated equipment and old practices to remove the spent catalyst from the can. This too can greatly affect the price you get for your catalytic converters.

Catalytic converter buying app

With our catalytic converter app, you can easily find the best price for your catalytic converter. All you have to do is enter the code on the unit and select the appropriate catalytic converter displayed. Then, we’ll show you a list of prices according to the unit.

Catalytic converter recycling

Now you may ask; what's the next step? Well, Catalytic converters aren't recyclable by themselves; they need to be disassembled first before they can be processed into new products. The process of recycling a catalytic converter involves removing all traces of ferrous metals and other contaminants from its interior substrate surfaces before separating out any precious metals that have been used in its construction.

After removing these contaminants, the converter can then be broken down into its basic components. The metal shell is separated from ceramic core to retrieve the precious materials that have been used in the construction of the device. These materials are then melted down and the precious metals sold to be remoulded into new products.

Catalytic converter processor

In order to properly recycle the catalytic converter a processor like Phoenix Group Metals needs to take over. Converter processing is the process of converting catalytic converters from vehicles that are no longer roadworthy into useful materials.

The main goal of converter processing and refining is to recycle these metals and reuse them in new products, rather than disposing of them as waste material.

There are several different

types of equipment used in converter processing plants, including:

  • Converter cutters - These machines cut up old catalytic converters into two halves so they can be processed further.

  • Shredder/granulators - These heavy duty machines chop up pieces down into even smaller pieces that can then be melted in a furnace or smelter (This is the most efficient and modern way that Phoenix Group Metals uses).

Catalytic converter smelting

The next step in the process is to sample the decaned material. Phoenix Group Metals has a state of the art laboratory to do this including all the most recent scientific tools to get a precise reading from the sampled catalyst. The next step is to have the lot of material smelted and refined. A catalytic converter smelter uses specialized equipment and knowledge to ensure safety and efficiency in the smelting process and recover as much of the precious metals contained within the catalytic converter possible.

The high costs associated with this process can be reduced by provided large volumes of deccaned catalyst to reduced the amount costs associated with running smaller lots. If you are looking for a catalytic converter refiner, it’s important to find someone who has the proper training and experience.

Best catalytic converter company

So, what makes Phoenix Group Metals the best catalytic converter company for your business. Well there is more to consider than just the one that claims to the best prices. You also need to be sure they can prove they are offering quality, as well as a reputation for providing excellent customer service, consistent results, real recoveries, and have the proper equipment to ensure the best results possible.

You can find this information on the internet, but if you don't know how to use it or what sites are reliable sources of information then it might be difficult for you to find out which companies are truly offering high-quality products at reasonable rates.

For example we have been in operation for over 25 years and have built our reputation on providing quality service, providing true and consistent results, and being an industry leader by embracing modern catalytic converter processing technologies. This ensures we generate real recoveries, and have the proper equipment to ensure the best results possible.


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