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THE BULLETIN 2015 - 2016

The Bulletin is the T.I.C.'s quarterly newsletter. Each edition contains a letter from the President and membership news as well as news and features of relevance to the tantalum and niobium markets.

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The latest edition is available here.


Bulletin No.167 - October 2016

  • A special report on tantalum and niobium in superalloys
  • An introduction to David Knudson, our new Technical Officer
  • A retrospective by Bill Millman who is stepping down from the Executive Committee after 21 years
  • News about CFSI's definitions for CFSP audits
  • Letter from Rwanda
  • Applications and properties of Metalysis FFC-produced spherical tantalum powder



Bulletin No.166 - July 2016

  • EU agreement on conflict mineral legislation     
  • A visual guide to ASM mining of tantalite
  • China’s initiative on tackling conflict minerals
  • A letter from the T.I.C. Statistics Sub-team
  • Miniaturization of chip tantalum capacitors
  • 57th General Assembly: Technical Abstracts
  • Dale Gwinnutt reflects on his time on the Executive Committee.


Bulletin No.165 - April 2016

  • A weekend in Toulouse, France (destination for 57th General Assembly)
  • Sponsorship opportunities at the 57th General Assembly
  • A new collection process for T.I.C. statistics
  • Interview with Ulric Schwela, T.I.C. Technical Officer
  • Update on potential EU mineral legislation      
  • Antitrust: T.I.C.’s proposed policy
  • "Hermetically sealed low ESR, high reliability tantalum capacitors" by AVX

Bulletin No.164 - January 2016

  • The T.I.C. welcomes Roland Chavasse, Director to the T.I.C.
  • Richard Burt dispels myths around ‘coltan’.
  • The T.I.C.’s new website revealed.
  • Fifty-seventh General Assembly notice.
  • Fifty-sixth General Assembly report.
  • Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative: only one part of due diligence.
  • Statistics and more statistics: what are they & where do they come from?

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