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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

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Extensive insights into the Growth of Niobium Market amidst COVID-19

Before we witness the stabilization of economic growth in Europe and North America, Asia Pacific is estimated to bounce back progressively with countries such as China, India, South Korea and Japan witnessing more opportunities to recover from the losses sustained during COVID-19.

Being the biggest market in Eastern Europe, Russia is estimated to take the lowest hit, offering a sigh of relief to the businesses operating in the country. Whereas, GCC is estimated to observe low investments due to the sliding prices of crude oil.

We evaluate the strategies and commitment of the Giant Players in the market towards creating products and services that customers value and rely on.

In an attempt to control and eliminate the surge of coronavirus cases and meet the demand for required medical devices along with providing efficient medical services, there is a drastic shift of investments from authoritative bodies towards the healthcare sector. Where the aftermath of this pandemic may take years to be measured, Research Nester estimates notable expansion of e-health, gaming, and media and entertainment industries till the whole situation is contained and the plan of action for the recovery process is determined. There is an estimated probability of the growth in businesses going back a year if the condition is controlled in the next 2-3 months.                                                         Request Insights

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  • 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.

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
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    • 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.


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