Indium Corporation’s Donna Vareha-Walsh, Director, Metals Business Unit, will share her expertise at the 17th International Electronic Recycling Congress (IERC) 2018 event on Jan. 18 in Salzburg, Austria.
There is a widely held misconception that indium, a critical material for the indium-tin oxide (ITO) industry, is in limited supply. Vareha-Walsh’s presentation, Recycling & Availability of Metals and Impact on Supply and Demand, will debunk this myth and outline the technologies used to recycle ITO. In addition, she will discuss how there is an increased focus on tin, which is also recycled from ITO, as well as other solder and end products used in electronics. Increased focus on recycled tin from major consumer electronics companies, as part of socially responsible initiatives, will increase the need for recyclers going forward. Additionally, conflict mineral legislation reporting requirements in the United States may force tin users to transition to the use of scrap recyclers to avoid the detailed supply chain reporting required. Vareha-Walsh will detail the impact that these factors have on supply and demand on a global level.
Vareha-Walsh is responsible for sourcing of critical raw materials such as indium, gallium, germanium, tin, silver and all products and services that support Indium Corporation’s manufacturing operations, as well as the trading of metals and sales of reclaim services for Indium’s Korean operation. She has more than 15 years of metals market experience from numerous roles and responsibilities, including Director of Global Procurement for a global premium alloy company, and Director of Metallurgical Operations and Procurement for a global tungsten-based business. She also has experience in finance responsibilities as a Business Unit Controller, sales expertise as Director of Sales and a New Business Development Manager, and participation in metals recycling and scrap/reclaim markets. Vareha-Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds certificates in leadership development and manufacturing excellence, and has a Lean Green Belt.
Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, the company has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
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