Less Common Metals Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of rare earth based alloys and high purity metals. With considerable experience in the production of materials to tight compositional tolerances and controlled microstructures, LCM offers an innovative and highly flexible approach to a wide range of material requirements. Main products include:

  • Neodymium iron boron and samarium cobalt alloys for the permanent magnet industry
  • Other rare earth alloys, including magneto-caloric and magnetostrictive materials, hydrogen storage systems and master alloys
  • High purity rare earth metals
  • Sputtering targets
  • Ultra high purity indium

In November 2015 LCM became part of the Singapore based company Indian Ocean Rare Metals, which is fully committed to maintaining LCM as an independent UK legal entity and providing investment where this is required. LCM supplies products on a global basis and has customers in Europe, USA, Japan, Taiwan and China.

LCM has strong participation in REE research projects like EURARE, REE4EU, REECOVER and others.


In SCALE LCM further pursues innovative technology development by coordinating WP4 efforts and performing larger scale test of optimum developed technology.