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The Bulletin 2015 - 2020

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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Bulletin No.181

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  •     Tantalum capacitors in critical medical applications
  •     Beautiful metal: oxide films on niobium and tantalum
  •     Tantalum polymer capacitors capable of high temperature operation
  •     NORM transport: time to increase the exemption level
  •     Recycling e-waste: a report from ICPREM-2020
  •     Tantalum: a market overview by DERA




Bulletin No.180

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • A report from the T.I.C.’s 60th General Assembly and 2019 AGM
  • NORM transport: time to increase the exemption level
  • The T.I.C. annual statistics presentation and data
  • Tantalum and niobium in additive manufacturing: a report from FORMNEXT
  • Niobium in fuel cells
  • Making art using only tantalum, niobium and oxygen




Bulletin No.179

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • Ekeberg Prize: Winner 2019
  • Reliable supply of tantalum: how tantalum supply chain risk has fallen since 2000
  • A kilo of tantalum in my pocket
  • ITSCI in focus: lifting the lid on finances
  • Technology research on preparation of new type texture tantalum blank
  • The grave of Charles Hatchett gets renovated by the T.I.C.




Bulletin No.178

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • Maglev trains: very fast niobium
  • The Ekeberg Prize: Shortlist 2019
  • Charles Hatchett and the origin of columbium
  • Is pure tantalum (Ta) radioactive?
  • The Tarantula Project
  • 60th General Assembly: Technical Abstracts
  • An open letter on synthetic concentrates



Bulletin No.177

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • Brazil: a large country with large tantalum and niobium reserves
  • The minerals of tantalum and niobium
  • FeNb and FeV in steel
  • Niobium capacitors: an overview
  • Intellectual property update
  • The Anders Gustaf Ekeberg Tantalum Prize - call for publications




Bulletin No.176

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • The 59th General Assembly and 2018 AGM report
  • Photos from the 59th General Assembly
  • T.I.C. annual statistics presentation with augmented trade statistics
  • Tantalum capacitors: current trends and potential future
  • Intellectual property update
  • 60th General Assembly: Call for papers:




Bulletin No. 175

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • In the footsteps of Anders Gustaf Ekeberg: who he was and how he discovered tantalum
  • Temperature stability assessment of GaN power amplifiers with matching tantalum capacitors
  • Ultra-low profile tantalum capacitors
  • Ekeberg Prize: Winner 2018
  • Intellectual property update




Bulletin No.174

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • ITER: niobium superconductors show the way  
  • 59th General Assembly: Technical Programme Abstracts
  • Field-portable X-ray fluorescence (FPXRF)
  • The re-birth of tantalum in Western Australia
  • A.G. Ekeberg Tantalum Prize: Shortlist 2018
  • Intellectual property update



Bulletin No.173

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • The A.G. Ekeberg Tantalum Prize: panel of experts and call for publications
  • Venezuela: a new columbite-tantalite frontier?
  • Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing
  • A semiconductor-superconductor built on niobium nitride
  • REACH 10-year review published
  • Intellectual property update




Bulletin No.172

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • The Anders Gustaf Ekeberg Tantalum Prize
  • 58th General Assembly and 2017 AGM report
  • Tantalum efficiency wins the markets (KEMET Electronics)
  • The changing face of tantalum (Roskill)
  • 59th General Assembly: CALL FOR PAPERS (open to members and non-members)





Bulletin No.171

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • How tantalum atoms are formed by stars exploding 
  • The 2017 Charles Hatchett Award winners
  • Tantalum and niobium IP report
  • Development of polymer tantalum capacitors with high reliability and high rated voltage
  • CFSI’s revised Tin and Tantalum Standard
  • The EU’s 2017 Critical Raw Materials (CRM) list
  • iTSCi in focus: the Governance Committee

Bulletin No.170

As well as the regular features, this edition includes:

  • Technical programme abstracts of the Fifty-eighth General Assembly  
  • MRI: saving lives with niobium
  • A financial summary of the iTSCi Programme
  • The Charles Hatchett Award
  • NORM exemption levels and conversion factors explained
  • A postcard from Rwanda




Bulletin No.169 - April 2017

  • A downstream customer's view on conflict-free minerals
  • Results from the recent statistics questionnaire
  • A study of niobium superconductor disks
  • EU's new conflict mineral law
  • A letter from Vancouver, Canada






Bulletin No.168 - January 2017

  • 57th General Assembly
  • A special report on transporting naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM)
  • Tantalum potential supply from the lithium industry
  • How to report an incident in the iTSCi Programme
  • Tantalum in coins, medals and jewellery





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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Bulletin No.162 - June 2015










Bulletin No.161 - March 2015









Editions of the Bulletin published between 2005 and 2014 are available here.

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