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SALIENT TANTALUM STATISTICS1
 
      2008   2009   2010   2011   2012  
United States:
Exports:    
Tantalum ores and concentrates,2 -Ta content   metric tons 96 94   58 65 124
Tantalum metal, gross weight   do. 390   138   246   443   341  
Tantalum and tantalum alloy powder, gross weight   do. 176   94   134   140   111  
Imports for consumption:  
Mineral ores and concentrates, Ta content   do. 357 109   9 60 82
Tantalum metal and tantalum-bearing alloys,3- gross weight   do. 934   689   1,590   1,800   932  
Reported consumption, raw materials Ta content   do. W W   W   W   W  
Apparent consumption, Ta content   do. 629   473   1,160   1,210   437  
Price, tantalite,4- Ta2O5 content   dollars per kilogram 96   89   120   275   239  
Value,5 tantalum ores and concentrates, gross weight   do. 49   30   32   46   45  
World, production of niobium-tantalum concentrates, Ta content   metric tons 2,230 r 1,060 r 664 r 613 r, e 727 e
eEstimated. rRevised. do. Ditto. W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data.-
1Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits.
2Includes natural and synthetic tantalum ore and concentrates.
3Includes unwrought powders, unwrought alloys and metals, waste and scrap, and wrought alloys and metal.
4Average annual price per Ta2O5 content as reported in Ryan's Notes.
5Weighted average value of imported plus exported materials.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

See also: Mineral commodity prices


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