Beryllium: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, California (PRWEB) March 05, 2012
Follow us on LinkedIn – Beryllium, a silver-gray metallic element is extracted from the mineral beryl, bertrandite and phenakite ores and exhibits metallic and non-metallic properties. The United States is the largest producer, processor and consumer of Beryllium in the world, well supported by the fact that over 65% of the reserves for the element are located in the US. Most of the reserves are largely concentrated in the Spor Mountain and Gold Hill areas in Utah and the Seward Peninsula area in Alaska. China and Mozambique make up the other major producers of Beryllium worldwide, while Russia and Kazakhstan stopped mine production in the 1990s. Brazilian beryllium reserves are found mainly in the states of Ceara, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. As the US stopped importing beryllium from Brazil, production of beryllium in the region eroded significantly. Burgeoning demand from end-use segments such as defense and mobile communications industry has helped in the growth of the beryllium market. During recession the demand for strip and bulk shipments of beryllium plummeted primarily due to the decline in demand from the end-use application industries such as aerospace, ceramics, automotives, telecommunications and computers. A growth in demand from the defense sector initially was overshadowed by order postponement and delays in funding.
Beryllium is considered a costly metal and its brittleness makes it suitable for specific applications. Due to its high cost, applications are limited to areas requiring attributes such as lightweight, high strength and high thermal conductivity. Steel, titanium and graphite composites are substitutes for beryllium metal. Beryllium is highly used in aircraft engines, brakes, and landing gears. Beryllium is a strategic material as it is used in high-tech armaments for national defense. The material finds application in control reactors on nuclear powered submarines and surface vessels, as an activation tool for nuclear warheads, in precision optical components, inertial guidance systems, in satellite structures and in air, land and sea borne electronic equipment. Beryllium finds no substitutes in nuclear end-uses. Apart from aircraft components, beryllium is also used in gas and oil industries, automotive and computer electronics, blow mold, and injecting tools. Other applications include ceramic and electrode welding, electrical equipments, and medical equipments such as X-ray tube windows, and automotive gears.
Due to the hazardous nature of beryllium, the industry maintains control over the quantity of beryllium fumes and dust in the workplace through stringent regulations. Standards for certain hazardous air pollutants, such as beryllium fumes and dust are issued by the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) under the Clean Air Act. In order to comply with the standards laid down, manufacturing plants are required to install and maintain pollution control equipment. The ban on the use of beryllium oxide (BeO) in high-power resistive products imposed by the EU is forcing manufacturers to switch to other alternative materials, such as Aluminum Nitride (AlN).
North America and Europe collectively represent two of the largest regional consumers of beryllium, accounting for the lion’s share of the global market, as stated by the new market research report on Beryllium. In future, impressive growth in Asia-Pacific led by China will enable the region to grow at a strong CAGR of about 7.0% through 2017. Growing usage of beryllium in telecom equipment/computers infrastructure such as hubs, routers; fixed, wireless and optical transmission tools, storage area network servers and others firmly establishes the sector as the single largest end-use markets. Over the last few years, beryllium usage in automotive electronics is witnessing a flurry of activity buoyed by the role of copper beryllium alloys used in the distribution of power (electrical) and signals in motor vehicles. Beryllium in automotive electronics is also widely used as modules for engine control computers, actuators for fan/blower motors and connector terminal sensors among others.
Major players profiled in the report include Materion Corporation, Materion Brush Performance Alloys, Materion Brush Beryllium & Composites, IBC Advanced Alloys Corp., NGK Metals Corporation, and Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP).
The research report titled “Beryllium: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the Beryllium markets, impact of recession, production scenario, current market trends, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global market participants. The report provides annual consumption estimates and projections for the years 2009 through 2017 in volume (metric tons) terms for geographic markets including, US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Key end-use segments analyzed include Telecom Equipment/Computers, Automotive Electronics, Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Components and Others. The study also provides historic data for an insight into market evolution over the period 2003 through 2008.
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