Niobium, sometimes referred to as Columbium, takes its name from Greek Mythology - Niobe was the daughter of Tantalus. Niobium is a soft grey, ductile metal mainly found in the minerals pyrochlore and columbite.
The main use for Niobium is in alloys, especially steels where it adds strength and superalloys where it imparts temperature stability.
Avon Specialty Metals trades in the following forms of Niobium:
Electron Beam Melted Niobium ingots
Niobium spent sputter targets - pure and alloyed (NbZr, NbTi, NbTa, NbAl)
Niobium scrap - sheet, plate, bar, rod, wire, turnings
Nickel Niobium master alloy (60-70% Nb)
Ferro Niobium - vacuum and airmelt grades