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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

Chin, E.
Magnesium,   pp. 735-745 ff. PDF (829.8 KB)


Page 735

  735Magnesium 
By E. Chin' 
 Production and shipments of magnesium metal by The Dow Chemical Company
were 120,823 short tons and 111,185 short tons, respectively, in 1972. Disposal
of magnesium from the Government stockpile throughout the year totaled 7,737
tons. 
 Currently, domestic capacity to produce primary magnesium metal represents
58% of the total world production capacity. With the entry of a fourth U.S.
producer of magnesium metal, total domestic production capacity will be 235,000
short tons per year by 1975. 
Legislation and Government Programs. 
—In 1970, the Office of Emergency Preparedness removed magnesium metal
from the 
list of strategic and critical materials, and the stockpile objective for
magnesium was abolished. Under authority of Public Laws 90—604, 91—321,
and 92—113, the General Services Administration (GSA) continued the
disposal of all the magnesium remaining in the national stockpile. 
 In 1970, GSA sold 14,572 short tons of metal from the Government stockpile,
compared with 710 tons in 1971. A total of 7,737 short tons of magnesium
was sold during 1972, leaving 89,926 short tons in the stockpile at yearend.
 1 Physical scientist, Division of Nonferrous Metals. 
Table 1.—Salient magnesium statistics 
(Short tons) 
1968 
1969 
1970 
1971 
1972 
United States: 
Production: 
Primary magnesium                Secondary magnesium               
Shipments: Primary                   
98,375 
15,525 
103,671 
99,887 
13,470 
117,695 
112,006 
12,042 
118,693 
123,485 
14,703 
120,217 
120,823 
15,662 
111,185 
Exports                             
Importsforconsumption                
Consumption                         
 Price per pound cent&.. 
World: Primary production                 
19,457 
4,808 
86,427 
35.25 
212,305 
27,372 
4,316 
95,132 
35.25 
221,469 
35,732 
3,295 
93,495 
35.25 
242,253 
24,311 
3,671 
90,458 
36.25 
255,753 
17,556 
4,479 
99,455 
37.25 
255,995 


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