Ceramic Industry

AVX Receives Conflict-Free Tantalum Ore

September 16, 2011

AVX Corp. recently announced that it has received the first shipment of verified conflict-free DRC tantalum ore from the Solutions for Hope Project through the secure “closed pipe” supply line. In addition, AVX announced that four additional leading technology companies have joined the project, including Intel and HP.

The Solutions for Hope Project was established in July, in partnership with a leading producer of communications technology, to demonstrate a process for delivering conflict-free tantalum material from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) due diligence guidance. On August 30, AVX took delivery of the first shipment of conflict-free DRC tantalite ore, containing 5000 lbs of Ta2O5 from the DRC regional government licensed mine area concession holder. The ore is now being freighted from Johannesburg, South Africa, to a smelter that is a participant in the EICC and GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) program, to be converted into capacitor-grade powder and wire. AVX will process these materials into high-quality capacitors for shipment to the growing number of participating customers for incorporation into end-market products.

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