At PDAC 2013, Chris Grove of Commerce Resources (TSXV:CCE) spoke with INN Senior Editor Andrew Topf about the use of tantalum in the electronics industry and how the metal is smuggled out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Chris also explained how US conflict minerals legislation has changed the tantalum market.
Articles Tagged "Democratic Republic of the Congo"
Tantalum from Africa is often overshadowed by conflict in one country, but the metal can be found across the continent.
The Conflict Minerals Act, which governs the disclosure of conflict minerals in electronics supply chains, has been criticized for having too many loopholes.
New conflict minerals rules are more lenient on scrap and recycled tantalum. As the market digests this news, interest in secondary supply is growing.
Reuters reported a new study from Chatham House says the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act may endanger livelihoods in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Tantalum from the DRC has a tarnished image, but projects by capacitor makers to revive the nation's industry could change that.
The Telegraph reported British consumers are signing a petition demanding companies stop using tantalum from the Congo.
Strategy Page reports on the current state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the effects of Dodd-Frank.
Bloomberg reports the DRC appealed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to prevent forthcoming conflict-mineral rules.
The New York Times reports that industrial metals, like tantalum, which are used in most electronic products are contributing to war.