Kryronized aluminum displays many useful characteristics: excellent ballistic protection as a function of weight and a very high melting point.
Beryllium's properties: light, hardness and strength, its high melting point (1,287 °C)
so the price of beryllium will rise
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Antimony price doubles after China mine purge
By Patti Waldmeir in Shanghai
Published: January 17 2011 18:36 | Last updated: January 17 2011 18:36
The price of antimony, a metal used in fireproofing, has reached an all-time high above $13,000 a tonne, double its levels of a year ago, as China continues a clampdown on illegal and polluting mining.
The length of the clampdown has surprised the industry, which was expecting a relaxation in 2011, leaving western users scrambling to secure supplies of a metal, the production of which China monopolises.
Wobble over as European and US traders spy value - Jan-21GE and Google earnings lift Wall Street - Jan-21European equities stop their slump - Jan-21Centrica chilled by forecast on competition - Jan-21China tightening fears pressure Asian stocks - Jan-21Currency boosted by eurozone sentiment - Jan-21The heavy buying has pushed prices this week to a record high from prices of about $5,000 a tonne five years ago. Over the past six months, antimony prices have risen by 40 per cent.
Antimony metal prices have hit new all-time record highs as a result of the Chinese supply issue. U.S. quotations for antimony metal are $8.20 per pound