| ||2010s||Process & Production|
CBMM sets ferroniobium production capacity goal of 150,000 tonnes.
Second sintering plant begins operations.
New ore blending yard fully operational.
Installation of slime flotation system.
Oxide plant optimizes reaction and calcination systems.
Ferroniobium briquette plant opens.
New ferroniobium grinding mill installed.
Installation of pneumatic conveyor system for samples.
New aluminothermic reduction facility opens.
Metallurgy plant receives new circuit for primary crushing.
Hydrometallurgical Research Center opens.
Ammonium niobium oxalate industrial production facility begins operations.
Horizontal ATR production commences.
|Approved||2/10/2017 4:20 PM||Dawn Kelly||3|
| ||90s||Process & Production|
Ferroniobium produced in electric arc furnace.
New vacuum grade alloys plant commissioned.
Optical grade oxide production commences.
Crushing & packaging facilities are automated.
|Approved||4/4/2016 5:00 PM||Priscila Freitas||18|
| ||2000s||Process & Production|
Concentrate refined by pyrometallurgy.
Ferroniobium production capacity reaches 45,000 tonnes.
New special alloys plant opens.
New electron beam furnace installed.
Ferroniobium production capacity reaches 70,000 tonnes.
Ferroniobium production capacity expanded to 90,000 tonnes.
|Approved||4/4/2016 5:00 PM||Priscila Freitas||19|
| ||80s||Process & Production|
3.2-km ore conveyor belt installed in Araxá, linking the mine to the concentration facility.
Vacuum grade alloy production begins.
Electron beam plant commissioned for niobium metal production.
Ferroniobium production capacity expanded to 26,000 tonnes.
New oxide plant opens.
|Approved||4/4/2016 5:00 PM||Priscila Freitas||24|
| ||70s||Process & Production|
Start of ferroniobium production in Araxá.
Ferroniobium production capacity = 15,000 tonnes.
Large-scale niobium oxide production begins (4,800 tonne production capacity).
|Approved||4/4/2016 5:00 PM||Priscila Freitas||28|
| ||60s||Process & Production|
Niobium concentrate production capacity = 1,800 tonnes.
Niobium concentrate production capacity = 3,600 tonnes.
|Approved||4/4/2016 5:00 PM||Priscila Freitas||31|
CBMM's headquarters, mine, manufacturing facilities and technology center are located in Araxá, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Even though the Company mines the largest known proven reserves of pyrochlore (niobium-bearing mineral) in the world, it continuously invests in the optimization of extraction and ore processing procedures in line with its management approach to conscientiously use natural resources and raw materials.
CBMM sells only niobium finished products. No amount of niobium ore leaves Araxá without being transformed into higher value-added, finished niobium products.
The Company developed and continuously improves the technological processes involved in each of the 15 steps that comprise niobium product manufacturing.
Decades of investment in the technology of niobium products and processes have resulted in the Company's cutting-edge facilities to process pyrochlore and transform it into some of the most sophisticated solutions to the challenges of the modern age.
The evolution of CBMM's processes and production capacity.