The Material Trader is a contact found at certain stations that offers to exchange a Material for a different quantity of another Material. There are three types of Material Trader, each dealing exclusively Raw Materials, Manufactured Materials, or Encoded Materials (Data).
Each trader type only trades in their type of materials and can be found in different economy types.
Locations material traders can be found in are:
Raw Materials Trader: found at extraction and refinery economies, only trades in raw material found on planet surfaces and planetary rings.
Manufactured Materials Trader: Found at industrial economies, only trades in manufactured materials.
Encoded Materials Trader: Found at High Tech and Military economies, only trades in encoded materials.
Systems need to be mid to high security systems and have populations between 1,000,000 and 22,000,000.
Materials Traders will not show up in anarchy systems.
Materials Traders will not show up at stations that are currently controlled by a criminal faction.
Materials Traders will be unavailable when a station is damaged, under repair or put on lockdown.