Niobium Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 – 2024)

The market is segmented by Occurrence (Carbonatites and Associates, and Columbite-Tantalite), by Type (Ferroniobium, Niobium Oxide, Niobium Metal, and Vacuum Grade Niobium Alloys), by Application (Steel, Superalloys, Superconducting Magnets, Capacitors, Glass, and Others), by End-user Industry (Construction, Automotive, Aerospace and Defence, Oil and Gas, and Other End-user Industries) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

Niobium Market - Summary
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Asia Pacific

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Asia Pacific

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Niobium Market

The market for niobium is expected to witness a CAGR of 5.90% during the forecast period of 2019-2024. Major factors driving the market are the increased consumption of niobium in structural steel and extensive utilization of niobium-based alloys in manufacturing aircraft engines. Niobium, being an abundant element with a small number of producers around the world, can hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • The construction industry dominated the market in 2017 and is expected to grow during the forecast period as niobium-based alloys are exceptionally meeting the challenges regarding fire resistance and seismic requirement of modern artistic construction.
  • Increasing demand for high strength and lightweight steel in oil & gas pipelines is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market with the largest consumption from countries, such as China and Japan.

Scope of the Report

The global niobium market report includes:

Carbonatites and Associates
Niobium Oxide
Niobium Metal
Vacuum Grade Niobium Alloys
Super Alloys
Superconducting Magnets
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Aerospace and Defence
Oil and Gas
Other End-user Industries
Production Analysis
Other Regions
Consumption Analysis
United States
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Growing usage in the Automotive Industry

  • Lightweight materials and designs have been important concerns in the manufacturing of automobiles, where driving dynamics is a major factor.
  • Additionally, the emerging focus of governments across the world on minimizing carbon emissions and enhancing fuel economy (as per the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards) of the vehicle has increased the importance of lightweight materials in the production of automobiles.
  • In the past couple of years, the automotive industry has been consistently focusing on vehicle weight, as it has a direct impact on driving dynamics, fuel consumption, and agility.
  • The shifting focus of automobile manufacturers toward the development of light-weight vehicles is becoming the biggest opportunity for growth in the niobium market.
  • The usage of niobium as a micro-alloy enhances the toughness and strength of steel, while also ensuring that the automobile body structure is light. At the same time, it also makes vehicles safe in the event of a collision. For instance, usage of about 300 gram of niobium in steel for a mid-size passenger car reduces the weight of the vehicle by approximately 200 kg, in turn, improving the fuel economy of the vehicle (1 liter per 200 km) and reducing exhaust emissions.
  • With the growing automotive industry, the consumption of niobium is projected to increase through the forecast period.
Niobium Market - Segmentation

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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

Asia-Pacific dominated the global market in 2017. With accelerating usage in structural steels and growing usage in the automobile and aerospace industry in countries, such as China, India, and Japan, the consumption of niobium is increasing in the region. The consumption of niobium is very high in steel manufacturing in the form of ferroniobium, and the construction industry is thriving in several emerging economies, such as China and India, among others. The Chinese automotive manufacturing industry is the largest in the world. The automotive industry is growing steadily, with high production and demand for passenger cars. Further, the aviation industry is currently running 2,185 general aviation aircraft. Moreover, it is planning to have more than 5,000 aircraft and 500 airports by 2020. With the growing demand from various end-user industries in different countries, the demand for niobium is projecetd to increase at a high rate during the forecast period.

Niobium Market - Regional Trends

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Competitive Landscape

The global niobium market is dominated by CBMM accounting for 84% of the market, which holds a monopoly over niobium supply. The other prominent companies include China Molybdenum Co. Ltd (CMOC International), NIOBEC (Magris Resources Company), Alkane Resources Ltd, and Grandview Materials, among others.

Major Players

  1. CBMM
  2. NIOBEC (Magris Resources Company)
  4. Alkane Resources Ltd
  5. Grandview Materials

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

Niobium Market - Market Concentration

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Accelerating usage in Structural Steels

      2. 4.1.2 Growing usage in Automotive Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Increase in Demand from the Chemical Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Limited Supply Sources

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Price Analysis


    1. 5.1 Occurrence

      1. 5.1.1 Carbonatites and Associates

      2. 5.1.2 Columbite-Tantalite

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Ferroniobium

      2. 5.2.2 Niobium Oxide

      3. 5.2.3 Niobium Metal

      4. 5.2.4 Vacuum Grade Niobium Alloys

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Steel

      2. 5.3.2 Super Alloys

      3. 5.3.3 Superconducting Magnets

      4. 5.3.4 Capacitors

      5. 5.3.5 Glass

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 End-user Industry

      1. 5.4.1 Construction

      2. 5.4.2 Automotive

      3. 5.4.3 Aerospace and Defence

      4. 5.4.4 Oil and Gas

      5. 5.4.5 Other End-user Industries

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 Production Analysis

        1. Brazil

        2. Canada

        3. Other Regions

      2. 5.5.2 Consumption Analysis

        1. China

        2. United States

        3. Europe

        4. Japan

        5. India

        6. Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Admat Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 Alkane Resources Ltd

      3. 6.4.3 CBMM

      4. 6.4.4 China Molybdenum Co. Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 Changsha South Tantalum Niobium Co. Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Dneprovsky Special Tubes Plant LLC

      7. 6.4.7 Grandview Materials

      8. 6.4.8 NIOBEC (Magris Resources Inc.)

      9. 6.4.9 NioCorp Developments Ltd

      10. 6.4.10 Shaanxi Getwick Nonferrous Metals Co. Ltd

      11. 6.4.11 Titanex GmbH

      12. 6.4.12 Zhuzhou Orient Kylin Special Metal Materials Co. Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Oil & Gas Pipeline Industry

    2. 7.2 Innovative Application Products to Gain Competitive Edge

**Subject to Availability

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