The non-ferrous metals industry includes the production of different metals for a very wide range of applications. Important non-ferrous metals are aluminium, copper, lead, nickel, tin, titanium and zinc, and their alloys.

Use of these materials is widespread in industries from automotive manufacturing to construction, in the manufacture of advanced specification, high-technology goods for high temperature, corrosion resistance, as well as for high strength to weight ratio (e.g. titanium and its alloys).   

Highly accurate chemical analysis of major, minor and trace elements at concentrations from sub-ppm to % in the industry is necessary to satisfy the strict requirements for critical process and quality control. XRF for element analysis, XRD for phase characterization and particle size distribution and particle shape analysis are techniques proven to meet these demands as well as to streamline production.