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Parts makers urged to check tantalum source

The Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) is urging its members not to buy tantalum ore, which is used in a variety of semiconductors, coming from mines in environmentally protected areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tantalum capacitors were in short supply in early 2000. The ECA's request follows allegations of tantalum ore being mined in protected areas of the Congo, including Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.

The Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) is urging its members not to buy tantalum ore, which is used in a variety of semiconductors, coming from mines in environmentally protected areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tantalum capacitors were in short supply in early 2000.

The ECA's request follows allegations of tantalum ore being mined in protected areas of the Congo, including Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.