A Brief History of TANIOBIS

TANIOBIS boasts a rich history spanning more than six decades, specializing in the production of tantalum and niobium based materials. Our journey commenced in 1951 under the former brand of H.C. Starck Tantalum & Niobium, operating in the historic town of Goslar. Hovever, a significant milestone was achieved in Laufenburg, Germany by utilizing a special method of tantalum extraction and concentration from slags generated during tin processing. This process makes a key contribution to the effective conservation of resources.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, we established an international production network characterized by our wealth of experience, technical expertise, and a global perspective.

Since July 2018, TANIOBIS has belonged to Japan-based JX Metals Corporation, a renowned global leader in metal production, further processing, refinement, recycling, and the manufacturing of exceptionally pure materials for electronic components.

  • 1920

    Founded in Berlin (Germany), by Hermann C. Starck as trading company for metals and ores.

  • 1925

    Foundation of H.C. Starck Inc., in New York

  • 1935

    Acquisition of a majority in Gebr. Borchers AG in Goslar (Germany) which was founded 1807 and started its tungsten production 1889

  • 1948

    Started working on tantalum recovery from residues of hard metal scrap recycling

  • 1950

    Patents for high-purity tantalum metal powders are filed

  • 1951

    Start of the first Na-reduction of K2 salt to make tantalum metal powder

  • 1954

    H.C. Starck the first company worldwide to produce synthetic concentrates from tin slags

  • 1955

    The first liquid-to-liquid extraction unit set up in Goslar

  • 1965

    The large capacity expansion – more than 100 tons of tantalum products sold

  • 1968

    Acquisition of chloride plant for high purity refractory metal chlorides production

  • 1970

    Na reduction for tantalum metal powder upgraded to 4 t/month

  • 1977

    Foundation of Hermann C. Starck Far East Co., Ltd. in Japan

  • 1986

    Bayer AG acquires a majority in H.C. Starck

  • 1989

    Acquisition of V-Tech Fansteel, a Japanese tantalum metal powders supplier

  • 1996

    Acquisition of TTA, a Thai tantalum manufacturer, later renamed H.C. Starck (Thailand) Co. Ltd.

  • 1998

    Patent to produce high-capacitance Ta metal powder via Magnesium reduction process

  • 2002

    Installation of first production for Mg vapour reduction of niobium and tantalum powders

  • 2006

    Capacity expansion of Mg-reduction facility for tantalum

  • 2007

    Bayer divests H.C. Starck to financial investors Advent International and Carlyle Group

  • 2016

    Foundation of H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH in Goslar. H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH

  • 2018

    H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH acquired by JX Mining and Metals Corporation

  • 2020

    H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH changes company name to TANIOBIS GmbH

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