Russian Journal of Non-Ferrous Metals

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 446–452 | Cite as

Niobium and tantalum: State of the world market, fields of application, and raw sources. Part I

  • E. E. Nikishina
  • D. V. Drobot
  • E. N. Lebedeva
Metallurgy of Rare and Noble Metals


Niobium and tantalum are rare refractory metals of important industrial value. Their reserves are a “critical” raw material, which leads to the necessity of evaluating the risks associated with the presence of primary and industrial raw-material sources of niobium and tantalum, as well as the influence of these factors on the supply and demand for these metals and their compounds allowing for their traditional and new application regions. In this article we analyze the world reserves of niobium and tantalum, and the dynamics of varying the raw-material base and industrial solutions implemented and proposed for their processing is considered. A modern market of niobium-based and tantalum-based materials is described, the main players on this market are listed, and the tendencies in the variation in the structure of consuming functional materials based on these metals are considered.


niobium tantalum raw-material sources market state application fields base minerals niobium and tantalum ores world production 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. E. Nikishina
    • 1
  • D. V. Drobot
    • 1
  • E. N. Lebedeva
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow State University of Fine Chemical TechnologyMoscowRussia

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