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With blockchain technology, Noble BC offers you a unique level of security. Transparent transactions, tamper-proof storage evidence, and comprehensive documentation elevate your precious metal trading to the next level.
Like few other companies, Noble BC GmbH provides private investors with a qualified, transparent, secure, and above all fair access to the small but highly interesting market of scarce technology metals. Noble BC sees itself as a specialist, drawing on the nearly 20-year expertise of its parent company, Noble Elements GmbH, which was awarded the best raw material provider in Germany in 2016 and 2019.

In addition to preselecting the most attractive metals for investors, the concept is particularly convincing: You actually purchase the metals physically and become their unrestricted owner! Moreover, Noble BC now records all relevant trading transactions on the Finomet platform, making it the first public blockchain in this field. For investors, this means an unprecedented security standard for storage. The platform has more information available than any auditor. Customers receive an unforgeable digital storage certificate for their goods. Each gram of metal corresponds to a “token” in your “wallet.” A constant reconciliation between wallet and storage allows early detection of any discrepancies. This level of security is currently unique in the technology metal trading sector.

The physical storage in a high-security facility, which is also a tax-free warehouse, saves customers from value-added tax and possible customs duties. Furthermore, purchasing the metals exposes you to no management or insolvency risks of the trading companies involved.

What are technology metals exactly?

Technology metals are elements such as indium, gallium, germanium, rhenium, and hafnium, which have only been significantly consumed by the industry for about 20 years. They all have specific properties that were discovered not long ago and are now used in the high-tech industry. Our bestsellers indium and gallium, for example, can be found in your smartphone. Indium, for instance (invisible when deposited on glass and highly conductive), makes touchscreens function in the first place. The ability to film at night is thanks to the properties of the element germanium.

The special thing about all the metals we trade is that they are not directly mined. There are no germanium or indium mines. All our elements are by-products of the extraction of copper, zinc, aluminum, etc. This has consequences: If no copper ore or zinc ore deposits are found or developed, no technology metals can be extracted.

Economically mining these elements is not feasible because they rarely occur in high concentrations in one place. For example, to extract one gram of indium, an average of 1,000 tons of ore must be moved. Production is complex and expensive. Furthermore, the metal rhenium is extremely scarce and rare. Geologists believe that this element is less common in the Earth’s crust than gold.

Scarcity is the key to return in our financial system

Scarcity arises when two things come together: high demand and very limited supply.

For the technology metals rhenium, indium, gallium, germanium, and hafnium, we expect an increasing undersupply and thus extremely high price increases.

Where does the scarcity come from?

Never before has technological change been so fast and transformative as it is now. And the pace is increasing. This leads to a demand explosion for some metals.
Let’s take electromobility or autonomous driving, for example! The cars of tomorrow require different raw materials than those of today. This includes indium, germanium, gallium, and neodymium oxide.

Communication sector: In the past, copper cables were important. Today, it is the fiber optic cable that requires germanium. The expansion of the 5G network is still in full swing, and 6G is already on the horizon. It is scheduled to be completed by 2030 – a tight schedule!
The gas station of the future is a fast-charging station that requires gallium. By 2030, all cars are expected to function electrically. The transition is already underway.

Energy storage technology: All our elements are needed for this. The latest innovation involves compounds of rhenium and nitrogen pressed under high pressure in a diamond anvil cell.
Of course, technology metals are also needed for energy production: The oil age is entering its final decades. Photovoltaic and wind power plants require indium, gallium, and neodymium oxide. That means: No Green Deal without technology metals and rare earths!

And material research is making almost daily discoveries around these limited resources that we offer for purchase.

Can the supply side meet the high demand in the future?

The raw material mining industry will always strive to supply the demand side. However, it will require significantly higher prices than are currently paid. The prices that have been achieved in recent years or are currently being called for have led to a number of mining companies having to close and no money flowing into the development of new projects. Only when margins for the metals are consistently high will companies have enough capital to expand supply. However, this development will take years. In addition, environmental regulations have been tightened in almost every important producing country. This increases production costs, and lengthy approval processes are also a consequence.

In the classic raw material cycle, we stood at the beginning of a price spiral in 2019. The steeply rising price curves in recent years prove it. This process has only just begun, so it is still worthwhile to invest.

"An investor today does not profit from yesterday's growth." - Warren Buffett