Niobium Pentoxide Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Niobium Pentoxide Market Price Trends and is Segmented by Grade (Industrial Grade, 3N, 4N), Application (Niobium Metal, Optical Glass, Supercapacitors, Superalloys, Ceramics, Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, Middle East and Africa). The report offers market sizes and forecasts in terms of volume in tons for all the above segments.

Niobium Pentoxide Market Size

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Niobium Pentoxide Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 10.09 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market Asia-Pacific
Market Concentration High

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Niobium Pentoxide Market Analysis

The niobium pentoxide market is estimated to be at 6,374.07 tons by the end of this year. It is projected to reach 10,306.82 tons in the next five years, registering a CAGR of over 10.09% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 had a negative impact on the niobium pentoxide sector. Global lockdowns and severe rules enforced by governments resulted in a catastrophic setback as most production hubs were shut down. Nonetheless, the business has been recovering since 2021 and is expected to rise significantly in the coming years.

  • Over the short term, the growing demands from the electric vehicles segment and high-quality steel from the manufacturing sector are some factors driving market demand.
  • Concerns about health issues on acute exposure to niobium pentoxide are hindering the growth of the market studied.
  • The increasing demand from the biomedical sector is likely to act as a growth opportunity for the niobium pentoxide market during the forecast period.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Niobium Pentoxide Market Trends

Increasing Usage in the Production of Niobium Metal

  • Niobium pentoxide, especially industrial grade, is used mainly in producing niobium metal. In addition, niobium pentoxide (99.9%) is also used to produce niobium metal for higher quality requirements. Technical quality niobium pentoxide (98-99%) is suitable for the electrothermic and metallothermic manufacture of niobium metal.
  • Niobium metal offers high-temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, oxidation resistance, improved creep resistance, and reduced erosion at high temperatures.
  • Niobium metal has good resistance to corrosive chemicals, even at high temperatures. It is, therefore, used to construct chemical equipment. Specifically, niobium metal plates, sheets, wires, rods, and tubings are used in sputtering targets, cathode protection systems for large steel structures, and chemical processing equipment. Moreover, it is also used for medical implants.
  • According to the World Steel Association's latest short-term outlook, the global steel demand is estimated to drop by 2.3% year-on-year in 2022. However, it is expected to recover by 1% in 2023. The industry was hit by inflation, US monetary tightening, China's slowdown, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, while high energy prices, rising interest rates, and declining confidence pushed demand forecasts down, leading to a slowdown in the steel manufacturing sector.
  • Furthermore, according to the World Steel Association, the global steel production for January to July 2023 stood at 1,103.2 million tons, a decline of 0.1% compared to the previous year. This decline is majorly due to the 10.3% decline in European production. However, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East registered a growth of 1.7%, 7.0%, and 2.3%, respectively, with a production capacity of 828.4 MT, 9 MT, and 26.2 MT in the first seven months of 2023.
  • According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles(OICA), in 2022, around 85.01 million vehicles were produced across the world, witnessing a growth rate of 5.99% compared to 80.205 million vehicles in 2021, thereby indicating an increased demand for metal hoses from the automotive industry. In 2022, around 60 million passenger cars were manufactured worldwide, up nearly 7.35% compared to 2021.
  • Recently, aircraft manufacturers have been looking for ways to accelerate production to fill order backlogs. For instance, according to the Boeing Commercial Outlook 2023-2042, the total global deliveries of new airplanes are estimated to be 42,595 by 2042. Owing to such huge expected deliveries, the demand for niobium pentoxide to produce niobium metal and alloys for aerospace is likely to rise globally.
  • All factors mentioned above are likely to enhance the market's growth significantly.
Niobium Pentoxide Market: Number of Deliveries, in Units, by Region, Global, 2023 - 2042

The Asia Pacific Region is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • China is the largest economy in terms of GDP in the Asia Pacific region. The country witnessed about 3% growth in its GDP in 2022, even after the trade disturbance caused due to its trade war with the United States.
  • Niobium pentoxide and its derivatives find their key applications in iron and steel production. The strength of steel increases upon adding niobium to it. Moreover, niobium also improves the high-temperature oxidation resistance and corrosion resistance of steel, reduces its ductile-brittle transition temperature, and offers good welding properties and formability to steel. Specifically, niobium is used in the production of high-grade structural steel or high-strength low alloy (HSLA) steels and stainless steel.
  • Niobium-based HSLA steels are mainly used in automotive and construction activities. Specifically, about 80% of all automotive sheet steel grades are regularly micro-alloyed with niobium. HSLA steels are used to manufacture fuel-efficient, safe, and long-lasting vehicles.
  • According to the OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles), automobile production and sales in China reached 27.021 million units and 26.864 million units in 2022, up by 3.4% and 2.1% from the previous year, respectively.
  • The Chinese government is focusing on boosting investments across the construction sector in the country to boost overall economic growth. For instance, recent moves to increase financing for infrastructure construction include a USD 120 billion increase in the lending ratio of policy banks. The government is also considering allowing local governments to spend up to about USD 220 billion of the special bond quota, through which local governments fund infrastructure construction.
  • Furthermore, India aims to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025. As a result, infrastructure development will play a critical role. The government has launched the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) along with other initiatives, such as the Make in India and Production-Linked Incentives (PLI) schemes, to boost the growth of the infrastructure sector. Historically, more than 80% of the nation's infrastructure spending has been spent in the areas of transportation, power, water, and irrigation.
  • Additionally, in construction, niobium alloys are used for producing structural and load-bearing parts. According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT), Japan, in 2022, approximately 859.5 thousand housing developments were initiated in Japan, which represented an increase of 0.4% compared to the previous year.
  • According to the Boeing Commercial Outlook 2023-2042, in China, around 8,560 new deliveries are projected to be made by 2042. Owing to such new deliveries in the country, the demand for niobium pentoxide from manufacturing aircraft components, especially engine blades, is likely to rise.
  • Moreover, the aerospace industry in India is increasing significantly with the rising activities from the civil aviation sector. Many of India's aerospace manufacturing operations are anticipated to be carried out as a result of the rising demand for big aircraft from Indian carriers like SpiceJet and Indigo and the focus on Powered by Hour Contracts (PBH).
  • According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Japan allocated USD 46.0 billion to its military in 2022, up 5.9% from 2021. Moreover, China's growing assertiveness in and around the South and the East China Seas has become a major driver of military spending in countries such as Japan.
  • Due to the above-mentioned factors, the market for niobium pentoxide in the region is expected to have steady growth during the forecast period.
Niobium Pentoxide Market - Growth Rate by Region

Niobium Pentoxide Industry Overview

The niobium pentoxide market is consolidated in nature, with the top five players controlling the majority of the share of the global supply. Some of the major players (not in any particular order) include CBMM, Ximei Resources Holding Limited, Solikamsk Magnesium Plant OJSC, and AMG, among others.

Niobium Pentoxide Market Leaders

  1. CBMM

  2. Ximei Resources Holding Limited

  3. Solikamsk Magnesium Plant OJSC

  4. AMG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Niobium Pentoxide Market News

  • December 2022: CBMM announced a USD 80 million investment to expand niobium oxide capacity from 500 tons to 3,000 tons by 2024. Through a collaboration with Echion Technologies, CBMM plans to establish a niobium oxide facility at its Araxá plant in Minas Gerais, Brazil, aligning with its goal of achieving a niobium oxide capacity of 40,000 t by 2030.
  • March 2022: CBMM partnered with Horwin Brasil, a manufacturer of electric motorcycles, with the goal of enhancing access to clean energy and promoting electromobility in the nation. The agreement aims to apply a lithium-ion battery with niobium in electric two-wheel vehicles. In this partnership, CBMM plans to invest BRL 70 million (~USD 13.8 million) in 2022 and forecasts selling 500 tons of niobium oxide. The company aims to increase sales of the niobium product to 50,000 tons by 2030.

Niobium Pentoxide Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Report




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Demand from the Electric Vehicles Segment

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Demand for High-Quality Steel from the Manufacturing Sector

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Concerns About Health Issues on Acute Exposure

    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. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

    1. 5.1 By Grade

      1. 5.1.1 Industrial Grade (purity: 99.0% to 99.8%)

      2. 5.1.2 3N

      3. 5.1.3 4N

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Niobium Metal

      2. 5.2.2 Optical Glass

      3. 5.2.3 Supercapacitors

      4. 5.2.4 Superalloys

      5. 5.2.5 Ceramics

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 AMG

      2. 6.4.2 CBMM

      3. 6.4.3 F&X Electro-Materials Limited

      4. 6.4.4 JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 King-Tan Tantalum Industry Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 MPIL

      8. 6.4.8 Solikamsk Magnesium Plant OJSC

      9. 6.4.9 Taki Chemical Co., Ltd.

      10. 6.4.10 XIMEI Resources Holding Limited

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Demand from the Biomedical Sector

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Niobium Pentoxide Industry Segmentation

Niobium pentoxide is an inorganic compound with the formula NbO. It is an insoluble, colorless, and unreactive solid. It is a widely used precursor for other compounds and materials containing niobium.

The niobium pentoxide market is segmented by grade, application, and geography. By grade, the market is categorized into industrial grade, 3N, and 4N. By application, the market is segmented into niobium metal, optical glass, supercapacitors, superalloys, ceramics, and other applications. By geography, the market is segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East and Africa. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for 15 countries across major regions. The report offers market sizes and forecasts in terms of volume (in tons) for all the above segments.

By Grade
Industrial Grade (purity: 99.0% to 99.8%)
By Application
Niobium Metal
Optical Glass
Other Applications
By Geography
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Niobium Pentoxide Market Research FAQs

The Niobium Pentoxide Market is projected to register a CAGR of 10.09% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

CBMM, Ximei Resources Holding Limited, Solikamsk Magnesium Plant OJSC and AMG are the major companies operating in the Niobium Pentoxide Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Niobium Pentoxide Market.

The report covers the Niobium Pentoxide Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Niobium Pentoxide Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Niobium Pentoxide Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)