Taniobis GmbH, Goslar, Germany, an affiliate of JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation has broken ground on its previously announced facility expansion in Map Ta Phut, Thailand. The new plant will expand production capacity for tantalum powder.
Demand for tantalum powder is reported to be increasing in line with the expansion of mobile devices and telecommunications infrastructure, the growth of which has seen a jump since the increased prevalence of remote working. Taniobis’s expansion is intended to meet this demand, ensure short supply routes and respond more quickly to customers of electronic grade tantalum powders.
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In accordance with traditional Thai culture, the ground-breaking ceremony was conducted by nine Buddhist monks and a Brahmin priest.
“With the new plant in Map Ta Phut, Taniobis aims to increase its production capacity to become the world’s largest tantalum powder production facility,” stated Kazuhiko Iida, CEO.
The facilities are expected to be commissioned gradually around 2025.