Ceramic Industry

AVX Tantalum Powder and Wire Suppliers Comply with Conflict-Free Program

December 21, 2011

AVX Corp. recently announced that, as of December 1, all of its current tantalum powder and wire suppliers are fully compliant with the independently audited Conflict-Free Smelter Program. AVX says it plans to exclusively use tantalum powder and wire from conflict-free compliant smelters.

AVX is reportedly the industry’s first manufacturer to reach this point, another major step forward in its ability to provide verifiable assurance to its customers that all AVX products contain only conflict-free tantalum, in accordance with the principles of the Dodd-Frank legislation and current OECD guidelines. OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas can be used by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected areas of weak governance, and provides management recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices.

For more information, visit www.avx.com.