Heraeus’ Precious Metal Refining Division Makes Donation

Nov. 1, 2011
Donation made to Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Heraeus Kulzer, LLC, the worldwide leader in dental esthetics, announced that its Precious Metal Refining Division has donated over $12,000 to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT) since May.

Founded in 2008 with funding from the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), FDLT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by developing educational curriculums and programs for dental technicians and other members of the dental team.

In May, Heraeus announced a partnership between itself and FDLT whereby Heraeus will make a charitable contribution to the Foundation based on the value of refined scrap from all NADL/FDLT member laboratories that use Heraeus’ refining services.

FDLT, which is sustained by ongoing charitable contributions, is committed to addressing three main industry challenges:
• The declining number of educated dental technicians
• The gap between dental technicians’ expected knowledge and skills and the opportunities to acquire that level of knowledge and skills
• Enabling dental technicians to stay current and advise dentists on emerging technologies and materials

“We are pleased to be able to make this donation and support the extremely important efforts of the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology,” said Lesley Melvin, product manager for Heraeus’ Laboratory Division. “We would also like to acknowledge the 37 dental laboratories who made this donation possible by trusting Heraeus with their metal refining needs.”

Heraeus Precious Metal Refining is the world’s largest private precious metal refiner. The company burns, melts, separates, and analyzes precious metals in a single location to give laboratories and dentists the highest possible return for their dental scrap metal. By eliminating surprise fees and minimum lot charges, Heraeus is able to give its customers the utmost in value and service.

Considered the global gold standard in dental esthetics materials, Heraeus operates a state-of-the-art refinery in Newark, NJ. The facility receives more than 25,000 scrap shipments annually, 80% of which are from existing loyal customers. Because it processes its own scrap from beginning to end, Heraeus offers direct, personalized contact without any middlemen, saving time and money for its valued customers.

For more information on Heraeus Precious Metal Refining, call (877) 431-1785 or visit www.heraeusdentalusa.com or www.heraeus-scrap.com. For more information on the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, call (866) 627-3990 or visit www.dentallabfoundation.org.

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