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A soft metal with a silver-white colour.


Cadmium occurs as a minor component in zinc-containing ores and a byproduct of zinc metal production.


Cadmium use is generally decreasing as it is toxic, especially in use for nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Forms Supplied

Pure metal:

  • 99.999% (5N) purity

  • 99.9999% (6N) high purity

  • 99.99999% (7N) ultra high purity


  • Cadmium oxide (CdO)

  • Cadmium chloride (CdCl2)

  • Cadmium carbonate (CdCO3)

  • Cadmium selenide (CdSe)

  • Cadmium nitrate tetrahydrate (Cd(NO3)2.4H2O)

  • Cadmium sulphate (CdSO4)


  • Cadmium selenium tellurium (CdSeTe)

Typical Applications

  • Manufacture of cadmium telluride, a photovoltaic material.

  • Infrared optics.

  • Infrared and x-ray detectors used in a wide range of sensors and medical technology.

  • Manufacture of pigments and plastic stabilsers.

  • Production of batteries.

  • Semi-finished products.

Minor Metals, Compounds and Chemicals

Recycling Services

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