IDO-Lab enters precious metal analysis market

German company offers full-service consultation and analysis of precious metals.

March 4, 2014
RTGE Staff

IDO-Lab, based in Karlsein, Germany, is a new independent laboratory specializing in the analysis of platinum group metals (PGM), particularly from automotive catalytic converters. A full-service provider, the company says it also accompanies throughout the analysis process.

The lab is located within the Innovation Park Karlstein near Frankfurt, Germany, which the company says should be well-positioned to serve customers anywhere in the world.

IDO-Lab says its team of experts offers guidance to select the appropriate analysis method to ensure customers meet their objectives. Furthermore, the company reports, state-of-the-art equipment and professionally trained personnel coupled with a tailored laboratory software system are intended to provide precise results and transparent documentation.

“It is our key objective to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” says Ralf Duesmann of IDO-Lab GmbH. “We listen closely to their specific needs. Rather than providing solely analysis, we offer solutions to their unique requirements—before, during and after the analysis process.”

Duesmann explains that IDO-Lab conducts analysis by means of spectroscopical methodologies and with the highest standards of process management.

The company maintains a uniquely programmed laboratory software system, according to Duesmann. Analyzed data are automatically imported to ensure full documentation of each step. Customer samples and their respective process statuses are clearly identifiable and may be tracked at any time, he adds.

IDO-Lab offers multiple analysis methodologies to detect precious metals from automotive catalytic converters.

“We are well aware of the market dynamics and the respective processes within the value chain,” says Christian Spielmann, commercial director of IDO-Lab.

The IDO-Lab portfolio includes:

  • precision metal analysis as part of solutions and salines, catalytic converters, organometallic chemistry, technical alloy, galvanizing baths;
  • matrixoxide analysis as part of ceramics and carrier substrates, detection of moisture content and crystal water;
  • carbon and sulfur analysis (organic/unorganic);
  • detection of carbides (i.e., SiC as part of diesel particulate filters);
  • fusion processes (dokimasia, alkaline and oxidizing fusions); and
  • sample preparation, including drying, milling, homogenizing and parting.

More information on IDO-Lab and its services is available at or by contacting Christian Spielmann, commercial director, at