Prices for raw materials consumed in passive components increased by a large 20% in September (month-to-month) and by an additional 3% in October 2010. Prices have returned to just shy of their April 2010 high. Prices for all the critical materials jumped up sharply in September and October (accept for ruthenium- the PGM metal consumed in thick film resistors). Large price increases have been reported for tantalite, which is now at an estimated $120 per pound worldwide (up from $47 in January 2010), nickel; copper, aluminum, zinc, palladium, oil (for plastics used in film capacitors) and silver.
Raw Material Index Oct 2010
Source: ©2010 Paumanok Publications, Derived from The London Metal Exchange and eBullion. Tantalite is estimated based upon primary interviews with those actually buying the metal and is consistent with a price per pound from Brazil without freight charges applied. See Graph Below for visual interpretation of table.
Additional Resources: (1) Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Supply To The Capacitor Industry: 2007-2014 Global Market Outlook ISBN # 1-893211-82-7 (2007) (2) CAPACITOR FOIL: Global Market Outlook: 2008- 2013 ISBN # 0-929717-85-6 (2008) (3) (1) Ceramic Dielectric Materials: World Markets, Technologies & Opportunities: 2008-2013 ISBN # 0-929717-76-7 (2008) (4) TANTALUM: Global Market Outlook: 2008-2013 ISBN # 0-929717-81-3 (2008) (5) Polypropylene Supply To The Capacitor Industry: 2007-2014 Global Market Outlook ISBN # 1-893211-83-5 (2007)