MARKETS FOR TANTALUM
Tantalum is a high value commodity. There are many different markets and customers for tantalum once it is processed to high purity oxides. Tantalum enters international trade in many different forms; ores and concentrates, slags, K-salt and other chemical intermediates, worked and unworked metal, and scrap/residues.
The Customers who want and require tantalum powder for their businesses is exponentially larger than the smelters that require tantalum concentrate. Many Customers have been forced to open manufacturing facilities in China to secure access to tantalum oxides. Below is a sample of Customers and Industries to appreciate the markets for tantalum oxides.