KEMET Blue Powder Corporation
KEMET Blue Powder, formerly Niotan Incorporated, produces tantalum
powder, a metal in high demand in the manufacturing of capacitors for
cell phones and other electronic products. Substantial mining of
tantalum ore occurs in North and South America, Australia, and Africa,
including the conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The
high value of tantalum increases the chance that those committing human
rights abuses will divert proceeds from the ore to fund atrocities.
Various countries, including the United States, are implementing
regulations that require avoidance of such conflict minerals. KEMET Blue
Powder (KBP), formerly Niotan Incorporated, has proactively responded
to this supply challenge.
Rather than simply abandoning the Congolese miners and seeking tantalum ore from other sources, KEMET Blue Powder, the former Niotan Incorporated, has carefully developed a relationship with Kisengo, a Congolese mining village far outside the direct conflict zone. The company maintains a tight chain of custody to safeguard against diversion of the mineral to those who might use it to fund human rights abuses. On February 6, 2013, KEMET Blue Powder was informed that it has received Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Certification as a result of a comprehensive audit conducted by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Incorporated (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Conflict-Free Smelter Audit Review Committee.