Niobium Market Segmentation by Source Type (Columbite and Pyrochlore); by Product Type (Niobium Metal, Niobium Oxide, and Niobium Alloys); by Application Type (Glass, Super Alloys, Superconducting Magnets, Steel, and Others); and by End User Industries (Steel, Automotive, Construction, Defense & Aerospace, and Others) - Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2029

  • Report ID: 3073
  • Published Date: Feb 10, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Global Niobium Market Highlights 2020-2029

The global niobium market is anticipated to record a significant CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2021-2029. The important factors boosting the growth of the market are the surging demand for steel in leading nations along with the growing usage of oxides & compounds in electro ceramic applications. The total production of crude steel around the world grew from around 1.6 Billion tonnes in 2015 to close to 2 billion tonnes in 2020. Out of these, China and India were the two largest producers of steel contributing to around 50% of the share of the total production in the year 2019. Further, emergence of latest technologies such as internet and laptops, where niobium is used, is also anticipated to drive the market growth. Further, the growing usage of niobium in automotive and pipeline industries in order to produce high strength and low alloy steels the extensive use of niobium in order to strengthen super alloys in aerospace sector in hot units of aircraft gas turbine engines, are some of the additional factors anticipated to contribute to the growth of the market in the coming years.

Global Niobium Market

The global niobium market is segmented on the basis of source type into columbite and pyrochlore. Among these segments, the pyrochlore segment is anticipated to hold the largest market share by the end of 2029. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the richness in niobium content in pyrochlores, along with the wide technological application of pyrochlores, that include ionic conductivity, luminescence, automobile exhaust gas control, and others.

Major Macro-Economic Indicators Impacting the Market Growth

Chemicals Industry

The chemical industry is a major component of the economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2020, for the U.S., the value added by chemical products as a percentage of GDP was around 1.9%. Additionally, according to the World Bank, Chemical industry in the U.S. accounted for 16.43% to manufacturing value-added in 2018. With the growing demand from end-users, the market for chemical products is expected to grow in future. According to UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), the sales of chemicals are projected to almost double from 2017 to 2030. In the current scenario, Asia Pacific is the largest chemical producing and consuming region. China has the world’s largest chemical industry, that accounted for annual sales of approximately more than USD 1.5 trillion, or about more than one-third of global sales, in recent years. Additionally, a vast consumer base and favourable government policies have boosted investment in China’s chemical industry. Easy availability of low-cost raw material & labour as well as government subsidies and relaxed environmental norms have served as a production base for key vendors globally. On the other hand, according to the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), the chemical industry in India was valued at 163 billion in 2019 and it contributed 3.4% to the global chemical industry. It ranks 6th in global chemical production. This statistic shows the lucrative opportunity for the investment in businesses in Asia Pacific countries in the upcoming years.

Global Niobium Market Regional Synopsis

Geographically, the global niobium market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa region.

Among the market in these regions, the Asia Pacific niobium market is anticipated to hold the largest market share by the end of 2029. The growth of the market in the region can be attributed to the rising usage of niobium in aerospace and automobile industries in emerging economies such as India, Japan and China. Further, Japan is a leader in the production of computer, fax machines, smart phones and various other components. In addition, upcoming major rail and road projects in the region along with the growing focus of China for the production of electric vehicles is estimated to generate healthy demand for niobium market. Moreover, the North America region is anticipated to witness notable growth on the back of growing demand for consumer electronics coupled with rising engineering construction in the region.

The global niobium market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (US, Canada and Mexico) Market size, Y-O-Y growth and Opportunity analysis.
  • Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia and Other parts of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth and Opportunity analysis.
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, India, China, Australia, Thailand and rest of Asia Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth and Opportunity analysis.
  • Latin America (Argentina, Brazil and other parts of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth and Opportunity analysis.
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth and Opportunity analysis.

Market Segmentation

Our in-depth analysis of the global niobium market includes the following segments:

By Source Type

  • Columbite
  • Pyrochlore

By Product Type

  • Niobium Metal
  • Niobium Oxide
  • Niobium Alloys

By Application Type

  • Glass
  • Super Alloys
  • Superconducting Magnets
  • Steel
  • Others

By End User Industries

  • Steel
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Defense & Aerospace
  • Others

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Demand for Niobium from End-User Industries
  • Growing Production of Steel


  • Limited Availability of the Chemical Compound

Top Featured Companies Dominating the Market

  • Alkane Resources Ltd.
    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis
  • NioCorp Development Ltd.
  • NIOBEC Corporation
  • Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao (CBMM)
  • AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
  • Titanex GmbH
  • Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd.


In the News

  • April 13th, 2020: NioCorp Development Ltd. announced the signing of a non-binding letter of intent with large integrated US based steel producer to sell about 25% of its production of ferroniobium to the latter.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 3073
  • Published Date: Feb 10, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Growing demand for niobium from the end-user industries, is one of the major factors driving the market growth.

The market is anticipated to attain a significant CAGR over the forecast period, i.e., 2021-2029.

The concern for the restricted availability is one of the major factors estimated to act as barriers to the growth of the market.

The market in the North America is anticipated to display significant growth opportunities during the forecast period on account of the growing demand for consumer electronic products, where niobium is used widely.

The major companies in the market are Alkane Resources Ltd., NioCorp Development Ltd., NIOBEC Corporation, Titanex GmbH, Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd., and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from segments, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to hold the dominating share by the end of 2029 in the global niobium market.

The niobium market is segmented by source type, product type, application type, end user industries, and by region.

The pyrochlore segment under the source type segment is projected to hold the dominating share by the end of 2029 in the global niobium market.

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