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Talison’s decision is driven by the downturn in worldwide demand for consumer electronics, a major user of tantalum products. Besides the present crisis, the strong trend to reduce costs in the electronics supply chain impacted the tantalum market, leading to increasing tantalum supplies from the crisis area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “It is clear that at the current spot prices, reputable companies like Talison cannot compete with unscrupulous traders offering little economic benefit to small miners or the local population,” said Heinz Heumüller, Ph.D., chief executive officer of H.C. Starck.
According to H.C. Starck, it has sufficient stocks and supply channels to meet the foreseeable needs of its customers, especially because of its backward integration process that relies on scrap recycling. In spite of Talisons’s production termination, H.C. Starck will continue to offer materials of high quality exclusively based on tantalum obtained from reputable sources. “Clearly, the industry will see price increases, as the significant effects cannot be absorbed by the supply base alone,” said van Put.
The company’s website is located at www.hcstarck.com.