December 16, 2012 4 Comments

Antimony: Fireproof and Supply-Critical

Antimony: Fireproof and Supply Critical

Antimony is a naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust.  It is used in various applications including lead alloys and glass additives, but its primary use is in fire-proofing. When mixed with antimony, plastics and electronics can be used in environments where they would otherwise melt.

As most industrialized countries require by law that clothes and household plastics are flame resistant, antimony consumption is expected to increase by 18% by 2016 from this sector alone. However, antimony supply is far less guaranteed, as illegal Chinese mining operations account for 17% percent of global production. In addition, global reserves will only last nine years at current consumption rates.

These factors have driven antimony prices up 700% in the last decade. Strong demand for antimony combined with dwindling and precarious supply will only exacerbate the current supply deficit, and continue to put upward pressure on prices.

4 Responses to “Antimony: Fireproof and Supply-Critical”

  1. Eric says:

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    Keep up the good work!

    • Kai says:

      Thanks Eric! Glad you and your readers like our work. Are there any other topics you’d like to see us cover?

      • Jack says:

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  2. bert denton says:

    Very nice! from a supporter of US Antimony Corporation (UAMY $1.60)

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