On October 12, 2020, the 61st General Assembly of T.I.C. (Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center) will take place virtually and interactively, held in association with MIRU, a leading Japanese news organisation focused on metal markets. The General Assembly is organized every year, usually near a T.I.C. member company or an associated industrial site, which delegates then visit during the event.
This year the covid pandemic ruled out an in-person event, so instead the organizers created a virtual event, featuring many world-class presenters and panelists who will address the key questions of the tantalum and niobium industry. In addition, colleagues, suppliers and buyers who attend will have the opportunity to discuss the market conditions and development in dedicated Zoom meeting rooms. Special rates are reserved for T.I.C. members and for non-commercial organizations.
Two insightful discussion panels are organized,: #1. Current impact of Covid-19 on the Ta/Nb supply chain, #2. Future supply and demand outlook for Ta/Nb post Covid-19. Both panels will see the participation of world-class speakers. Among the other topics discussed in presentations the role of the tantalum capacitors in the 5G infrastructure as well as the electronics supply chain will be addressed too. The General Assembly will open with the Anders Gustaf Ekeberg Tantalum Prize 2020, which acknowledges the best research and innovation about tantalum metal from the last 18 months.
The T.I.C. was established in 1974 to respond to the lack of information about tantalum and to promote the welfare of its producers. After 46 years, the Association counts around 90 members in 30 different countries and continues to address major issues and challenges of the tantalum and niobium industry such as minerals legislation, responsible mineral sourcing, transport of naturally occurring radioactive materials, et alia…