Beryllium Basics: Building On Strength As A Critical & Strategic Metal

December 14, 2012

 

Beryllium Use in the U.S. – 2011 (based on sales revenues)

Source: USGS *Appliances, automotive electronics, energy, medical devices and other applications

 

Finding Beryllium

The U.S. remains both the single-largest producer of beryllium and host to the world's largest bertrandite mine, owned by Materion, at Spor Mountain in Utah.

Other countries hosting mines producing (or that have produced) beryl and/or other beryllium bearing minerals include Brazil, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Russia and Uganda. In the case of these five countries, past as well as present production figures (if the mines are still operating), are extremely difficult to discover.

The U.S. Geological Survey does (in its Minerals Yearbooks) provide estimated mine production figures for beryl from four other countries: China, Madagascar, Mozambique and Portugal.

Estimated World Mine Production (Tonnes Beryllium Content)

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

USA

152

176

120

180

210

China

20

20

20

22

22

Mozambique

6

1

2

2

2

Others

<0.5

<0.5

1

1

1

Source: USGS

 

While China may be the second-largest miner of beryl, with Ningxia Non-ferrous Metals Smeltery (NNMS) claiming to be "the only research center and production base for beryllium in China," Kazakhstan's KazAtomProm (the country's atomic authority), owner of the Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP), claims for itself the title of the world's second-largest producer of beryllium.

In its IR presentation on 2011 Financial Results, the company shows itself as having the second-largest share of total world production.

 

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