Tantalum Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The market is segmented by Product Form (Metal, Carbide, Powder, Alloys, and Other Product Forms), by Application (Capacitors, Semiconductors, Engine Turbine Blades, Chemical Processing Equipment, Medical Equipment, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America and Middle East & Africa).

Market Snapshot

Tantalum Market Summary
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Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific

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Market Overview

The market for tantalum is expected to register a CAGR of 5.81% during the forecast period of 2019-2024. Major factors driving the market studied are the growth of the electronic industry and extensive usage of tantalum alloys in aviation and gas turbines. However, the detrimental effect of tantalum powder is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • The capacitors application segment dominated the market in 2018 owing to the fact that more than 50% of the total tantalum consumed is used as powder and wire to make capacitors in the electronics industry.
  • Replacement of solid capacitors with polymer tantalum capacitors is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the globe with the largest consumption from the countries, such as China and South Korea.

Scope of the Report

The scope of the tantalum market report includes:

By Product Form
Other Product Forms
By Application
Engine Turbine Blades
Chemical processing equipment
Medical Equipment
Other Applications (including Ballistics, Cutting Tools, Optical Applications)
Production Analysis
United States
Consumption Analysis
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growth of the Electronics Industry

  • Tantalum is a vital chemical element used in the manufacturing of capacitors that are used in a wide range of electronics products, like smartphones, computers, and other consumer electronic devices. It is also used to create high-power resistors, which are commonly used in heavy duty equipment, across various industries.
  • Tantalums are widely used in the electronics industry, in powder and in wire form, for capacitors. As the electronics market is moving toward greater miniaturization, the tantalum capacitor is favored for space-sensitive and high-end applications in telecommunications, implantable medical devices, data storage, etc.
  • The innovation and adoption of high-end technologies, automation, computerized data recording, collection and scrutinizing practices, and other such advanced techniques in the industries worldwide, have led to the increase in demand for electronic devices (such as computers, automated machines, security systems, and others) from the industrial sector, in the last decades.
  • Today, technology-driven transformation, such as rolling out of LTE/4G networks, Internet of Things (IoT) services, is boosting the service sector’s growth worldwide, which, in turn, has increased the demand for electronic devices and appliances, such as laptops, computers, air conditioners, and others.
  • The aforementioned growth in the electronics market is likely to increase the demand for tantalum in the coming years.
Tantalum Market Dynamics

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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific had the highest share in the market, accounting for a share of approximately 40% of the global market, in 2018. The Asia-Pacific market is primarily driven by the increase in the demand from end-user industries, including electronics, aerospace, and medical equipment.
  • China is the largest consumer of tantalum in Asia-Pacific. The Chinese tantalum market is highly competitive. Capacitors and high-end military applications are the key consumption areas for tantalum in the country.
  • The country has vigorously advocated localization of high-end military products and reduced dependence on imported products for strategic security and cost control considerations, providing a favorable environment policy and superiority for the domestic military tantalum capacitor industry.
  • In the domestic market, there is no significant market access difference between international manufacturers and domestic manufacturers. The international tantalum capacitor manufacturers, represented by American Vishay, KEMET, and AVX, have mastered and accumulated the core technologies and key materials of tantalum capacitors. The imported industrial grade tantalum capacitor products used in some projects are likely to be replaced by domestic tantalum capacitor products. The market share of domestic tantalum capacitors is expected to continue rising in the next three to five years.
  • The large market size coupled with the huge growth of Asia-Pacific is quite instrumental in the expansion of the tantalum market.
Geography Growth Rates - Tantalum Market

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Competitive Landscape

The tantalum market is partly fragmented in nature, in terms of tantalum mining companies. The major companies include Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd, AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group, Pilbara Minerals, Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co. Ltd, and Alliance Mineral Assets Limited.

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 Growth of the Electronic Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Extensive Usage of Tantalum Alloys in Aviation and Gas Turbine

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Detrimental Effect of Tantalum Powder

    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 Trade Analysis

    6. 4.6 Technological Snapshot

    7. 4.7 Price Index

    8. 4.8 Regulatory Policy Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Product Form

      1. 5.1.1 Metal

      2. 5.1.2 Carbide

      3. 5.1.3 Powder

      4. 5.1.4 Alloys

      5. 5.1.5 Other Product Forms

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Capacitors

      2. 5.2.2 Semiconductors

      3. 5.2.3 Engine Turbine Blades

      4. 5.2.4 Chemical processing equipment

      5. 5.2.5 Medical Equipment

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications (including Ballistics, Cutting Tools, Optical Applications)

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Production Analysis

        1. United States

        2. Australia

        3. Brazil

        4. China

        5. Congo

        6. Ethiopia

        7. Nigeria

        8. Rwanda

        9. Indonesia

        10. Malaysia

        11. Austria

        12. Kazakhstan

        13. Others

      2. 5.3.2 Consumption Analysis

        1. Asia-Pacific

          1. China

          2. India

          3. Japan

          4. South Korea

          5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

        2. North America

          1. United States

          2. Canada

          3. Mexico

        3. Europe

          1. Germany

          2. United Kingdom

          3. Italy

          4. France

          5. Rest of Europe

        4. South America

          1. Brazil

          2. Argentina

          3. Rest of South America

        5. Middle East & Africa

          1. Saudi Arabia

          2. South Africa

          3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    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 AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group

      2. 6.4.2 Alliance Mineral Assets Limited

      3. 6.4.3 China Minmetals Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 Ethiopian Mineral Development Share Company

      5. 6.4.5 Eurotrade International SA

      6. 6.4.6 Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Jiangxi Tungsten Holding Group Co.,Ltd (China)

      8. 6.4.8 Minsur

      9. 6.4.9 Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co., Ltd. (PROCESSING COMPANY)

      10. 6.4.10 Pilbara Minerals

      11. 6.4.11 Piran Resources Limited

      12. 6.4.12 Tantalex Resources Corp.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Replacement of Solid Capacitors with Polymer Tantalum Capacitors

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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