Global and China Tantalum Industry Report, 2011

  • April 2012
  • -
  • Research In China

As a kind of minor metal, tantalum finds very wide application. About half of the world’s tantalum resources are applied in capacitor.

The report highlights the following aspects:

reserves, output and price of tantalum ore worldwide; ongoing and expansion projects;

status quo of China tantalum industry, import & export, price and key applications;

Chinese tantalum capacitor market and downstream consumption filed;

two world’s leading tantalum manufacturers and seven major China-based tantalum and ore producers;

In 2010, the global output of tantalum ores reached 805 tons. In particular, the output of Brazil, as the world’s largest tantalum ore producer, accounted for 22.4% of the world’s total; while China had low output of tantalum concentrates, making up no more than 8% of the global total. As China imports 80% tantalum raw materials to meet its consumption, domestic tantalum processing businesses are mostly restricted by the uncertainty of raw material supply from overseas market.

For Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry, as one of the leading tantalum manufacturers in the world, the global market occupancy of capacitor-grade tantalum powder exceeds 25%, while that of capacitor tantalum wire surpasses 60%. Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry is almost fully reliant on the external purchase to meet its demand for tantalum raw materials, if the 20% contributed by the joint-stock project Ta-Nb mine in Nanping, Fujian province is excluded. Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry establishes long-term cooperative relationship with Yichun Tantalum & Niobium Mine, the largest mine in China; also, it inked long-term deal with the large Ta-Nb mine in South America, and with Africa-based small-sized Ta-Nb mine as supplement of spot supplies.

Generally speaking, the raw material source of Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry can be primarily guaranteed. However, due to the fact that the company doesn’t possess its own mines, it is hard to keep the cost under control. As a result, it was forced to bear high risk in case of the short supply of raw materials. For example, the gross margin from the tantalum product business of the company in 2009 was just 13.9%.

Presently, the Australia-based GAM features more competitive industry chain. GAM involving in the exploitation of tantalum ore announced in August 2011 to take over the tantalum processing plant under America-based Cabot, an international tycoon in the tantalum smelting field.

The report sheds lights on the tantalum ore reserves and key companies in China and beyond. Also it analyzes the tantalum electrolytic capacitor industry of China. As a very important component, tantalum electrolytic capacitor is commonly used in mobile phone (35%), digital camera (34%) and notebook computer (16%). The short renewal cycle of electronic products is bound to spur the consumption of tantalum capacitor.

Table Of Contents

Table of Contents

1 Tantalum Industry Overview
1.1 Definition and Classification
1.2 Industry Chain

2 Global Tantalum Industry Development
2.1 Reserves and Distribution
2.2 Output and Distribution
2.3 Price
2.4 Projects

3 Tantalum Industry Development in China
3.1 Status Quo
3.2 Application Field
3.2.1 Electronics Industry
3.2.2 Mobile Internet and the Internet of Things
3.2.3 Mechanization, Automation and Intelligence
3.2.4 Aerospace Industry
3.3 Import and Export
3.4 Price
3.5 Events in 2011-2012

4 Tantalum Capacitor Industry Development in China
4.1 Profile of Tantalum Capacitor
4.2 Market Development
4.3 Downstream Consumer
4.3.1 Mobile Phone
4.3.2 Digital Camera
4.3.3 Notebook Computer
4.3.4 Other New Fields

5 Key Companies in China and the World
5.1 GAM
5.1.1 Profile
5.1.2 Products
5.1.3 Operation
5.1.4 Acquisition on Cabot Corp.’s Supermetals business
5.2 HCStarck
5.2.1 Profile
5.2.2 Operation
5.2.3 Supply of Raw Materials
5.2.4 Development Plan in 2012
5.2.5 Development in China
5.3 Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co., Ltd
5.3.1 Profile
5.3.2 Operation
5.3.3 Supply of Raw Materials
5.3.4 Product Capacity
5.3.5 Projects
5.3.6 Strategy
5.4 Zhuzhou Cemented Carbide Group Co., Ltd
5.4.1 Profile
5.4.2 Operation
5.4.3 Development Plan
5.5 KING-TAN Tantalum Industry Ltd
5.6 Changsha South Tantalum Niobium Co., Ltd
5.6.1 Profile
5.6.2 Operation
5.7 Jiujiang Yizhong Non-Ferrous Co., Ltd
5.8 Minning Tantalum and Niobium Mining Development Co.,Ltd
5.9 YiChun Tantalum and Niobium Mine



Selected Charts

Tantalum Powder and Tantalum Wire
Classification of Tantalum Applications
Tantalum Processing Industry Chain
Upstream and Downstream of Tantalum Industry Chain
Tantalum Reserves and Distribution Worldwide
Supply Structure of Tantalum Raw Materials
Global Tantalum Ore Output Distribution
Global Tantalum Ore Output, 2000-2010
Global Tantalite (30-35%) Price Trend, 2008-2012
Main Projects of Tantalum and Niobium Mines Worldwide
Applications of Tantalum
Global Tantalum Market Pattern
Tantalum Powder Capacity of Key Companies Worldwide
Operating Revenue and Total Profit of China's Semiconductor Discrete Device Manufacturing Industry, 008- Jan-Nov. 22011
Price Trend of Tantalum Concentrates Worldwide and Development Stages of the Internet
Number of Satellites Launched in China
China’s Import Volume of Tantalum and Niobium Ores, 2011-2012
China’s Import Volume of Tantalum and Niobium Ores, Jan. 2012 (by Country)
Monthly Export Volume of Wrought Tantalum in China, 2011-2012
Tantalum Oxide (?99.95%) Price Trend in China, 2011-2012
Tantalum Ingot (?99.95%)Price Trend in China, 2011-2012
Performance Comparison among Various Capacitors
Main Applications of Tantalum Capacitor
Capacitor Market Shares in China (by Output Value)
Performance Comparison between Tantalum Capacitor and MLCC
Tantalum Electrolytic Capacitor Output in China, 2008-2012
Consumption Structure of Tantalum Capacitor
Mobile Phone Output in China, 2005-2011
Digital Camera Output in China, 2005-2011
Notebook Computer Output in China, 2008-2011
Capacitor Powders of GAM
Global Operations of GAM
Sales of HCStarc, 2009-2011
Employees of HCStarck, 2011 (by Region)
HCStarck’s Subsidiaries in China
Business Structure of Orient Tantalum
Operating Revenue and Net Income of Orient Tantalum, 2008-2011
Operating Revenue of Orient Tantalum, 2009-2011 (by Product)
Operating Revenue of Orient Tantalum, 2009-2011 (by Region)
Tantalum Ore Suppliers of Orient Tantalum
Raw Materials and Product Sales Distribution of Orient Tantalum
Gross Margin of Orient Tantalum, 2006-2011
Product Capacity of Orient Tantalum
Main Investments with Raised Funds of Orient Tantalum
Sales of Tantalum and Niobium and its Compounds of Hunan Nonferrous Metals Corp., Lt, 2010-2011
Product Capacity of KING-TAN Tantalum Industry Ltd
Tantalum Products of South Tantalum Niobium
Sales of South Tantalum Niobium, 2010- H1 2011
Export Value of South Tantalum Niobium, 2010- H1 2011
Marketing Network of Jiujiang Yizhong Non-Ferrous in China
Marketing Network of Jiujiang Yizhong Non-Ferrous in the World
Operating Revenue and Total Profit of Minning Tantalum Niobium Mining, 2008-2011

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