Production was suspended at its Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada (TANCO) facility in 2009. The facility is located about 180 km northeast of Winnipeg and is wholly owned by Cabot.
“We’re pleased to resume production at TANCO,” said Andrew O’Donovan, general manager, Cabot Supermetals. “We’re currently in a period of strong market recovery and growth for tantalum.” O’Donovan also stated that the company’s raw materials are 100% conflict-free.
Tantalum powder is most commonly used in electronics capacitors which are found in consumer electronics products such as cell phones and computers. Tantalum is also used in chemical and pharmaceutical processing, aerospace, energy and ballistic applications.