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What We Believe

At NioCorp, we believe in strengthening our world and protecting the environment through superalloy materials like Niobium, Scandium, and Titanium. By producing these advanced materials in the U.S., we can enable stronger and lighter transportation, longer-lived infrastructure, and more effective national security systems. All of these advances will improve fuel economy, reduce harmful air emissions, help to protect our environment, and help keep the world safer and more secure.



We plan to produce three products from our large estimated mineral resource located in Southeast Nebraska:  Niobium, Scandium, and Titanium. Each are used in superalloys and other high-performance materials in the automotive, aerospace, commercial aviation, clean energy, and mega-steel infrastructure sectors. In general, the products we intend to produce enable increased strength and lighter weight, which leads to better fuel efficiency and less harmful air emissions.



Niobium and Scandium are considered critical and strategic metals by many nations because of their many uses in clean energy, transportation, energy efficiency, defense and mega-steel infrastructure projects. However, very little Niobium is produced in the U.S. or in the European Union, even though global demand is growing at a 4-6% global compound annual growth rate. Virtually no Scandium is produced outside of China and Russia, and only 10-15 tonnes is consumed globally each year. Independent estimates peg latent demand for Scandium at several hundred tonnes/year.  In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the U.S. is more than 90% reliant on foreign supplies for titanium mineral concentrate. 



As greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel efficiency regulations get more stringent around the world, demand for materials that lighten and strengthen transportation and infrastructure projects, such as Niobium and Scandium, is increasing. NioCorp intends to help meet this growing demand and diversify upstream supplies of these highly valuable metals by producing them in the U.S.

Bloomberg Story:  "First-Ever U.S. Mining of Rare Metals Could Come From Nebraska"

Read this article from Bloomberg's BNS News Service, written by environment and energy reporter Stephen Lee, about NioCorp's proposed Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project and its potential to initiate production in the U.S. of niobium and scandium.

See NioCorp's Latest Corporate Presentation


See this latest corporate presentation from NioCorp about the company and its unique Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project.  Included in this presentation are links to interesting and informative videos about the Elk Creek Project.

Recent Videos

NioCorp CEO and Executive Chair Mark Smith explains the significance of NioCorp's recent Scandium sales contract with Traxys.

Scandium Sale to Traxys

NioCorp CEO and Executive Chair Mark Smith explains the significance of NioCorp's recent Scandium sales contract with Traxys.

Elk Creek Virtual Tour

See a video that explains the power of superalloys and how NioCorp intends to produce three superalloy metals its its Elk Creek Project.

Critical Minerals

NioCorp's planned products have all been designated as "Critical Minerals" by the U.S. Government.  Mark Smith explains the significance.

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