Why Niobium Is Growing Increasingly In Demand
In this age of energy conservation intrinsic in the production of lighter and stronger metal alloys, niobium presents itself front and center. It appears on the government’s short list of essential metals. The automotive industry requires cars that are lighter which increases fuel efficiency. At the same time a car must be produced with bodily strength to adhere to safety targets.
This is where niobium enters center stage. When alloyed to steel, niobium increases strength of the metals, while at the same time reduces its total weight.