As of July 1, 2020, H.C. Starck Tantalum & Niobium (Ta&Nb) will operate under the TANIOBIS brand.
A subsidiary of JX Nippon Mining & Metals, TANIOBIS produces high-quality materials, powders, and alloys based on tantalum and niobium. The branches and production sites in Germany (Goslar, Laufenburg), Japan (Tokyo, Mito), Thailand (Map Ta Phut) and the U.S. (Needham, MA) will continue to operate. Core applications for H.C. Starck Ta&Nb powders include additive manufacturing.
“Our new name is a combination of the two key raw materials used in our production operations, tantalum and niobium,” explains Masakazu Kanzaki, Vice Chairman & CEO at H.C. Starck Ta&Nb. “The characters ‘i’ and ‘s’ at the end stand for ‘innovative solutions’. That’s our personal promise of quality to our customers, underscoring the central role of innovation in our future approach.”
Alloys designed for the 3D Printing Industry
H.C. Starck Ta&Nb also offers alloys based on niobium and tantalum that meet the very latest standards in medical technology. Among other things, the company is a leader in the development of biocompatible alloys for the production of patient-specific implants made using 3D printing. Additive manufacturing is an important field of application for powders from H.C. Starck Ta&Nb as a result. The spherical morphology of these powders makes them suitable for specific processing in commonly used 3D printing processes. On the whole, the company develops tantalum and niobium-based powders, and their alloys for the automotive, energy, aviation, electronics, chemicals, and medical technology industries. Electric mobility is an increasingly interesting segment, as tantalum and niobium will be used in production of lithium-ion batteries in the future.
Sustainability as a top priority
Recycling is another of the core competencies of H.C. Starck Ta&Nb. The company purchases and processes ores and secondary raw materials derived from recycling materials and has developed recycling processes of its own for a number of material streams (such as capacitors). “On the basis of continuous technological development, and with full awareness of our responsibility during the development of products, environmentally compatible recycling of waste products is a top priority. Our goal in doing this is to strengthen our customers’ satisfaction and the trust they place in us,” says Masakazu Kanzaki.
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