Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)
Wang, K. P.
Boron, pp. 217-221 ff. PDF (472.6 KB)
BORON Table 2.—Prices of boron compounds at ycarend, 1972 Price per short ton' $113.00 103.25 64.75 56.25 83.75 75.25 197.00 253.00 138.00 117.25 the air oxidation of hydrocarbons accounted for more than 3% of the boron consumption. Boron materials went into many other areas, including direct consu-mption in chemicals, conditioning agents 219 or precursors to chemicals, plasticizers, adhesive addi-tives for latex paints, fire retardents, antifreeze, textile and paper products, biocides in jet fuels, photography, and composite materials. PRICES Prices of virtually all borate products at yearend 1972 were -the same as -the prices posted for yearend 1971. Elemental boron prices were quoted at -ycarend 1972 by the American Metal M-arket as follows, per pound, in ton lots: 90% to 92% $13; 97% to 99% $18; and over 99%, $70. Prices of various boron compounds are shown in table 2. Borax, technical: Anhydrous, 99%: Bags Bulk Granular, decahydrate, 99.5%: Bags Bulk Granular, pentahydrate, 99.5%: Bags Bulk Boric acid, technical:' Anhydrous, 99.9%,bags' Crystals, 99.9%, bags Granular, 99.9%, bags Sodium borate powder, U.S.P., bags 1 Carlots, f.o.b. plant works. ' Technical boric acid, $33 per ton higher in drums. ' Anhydrous and granular $10 to $12 per ton lower in bulk. Source: Chemical Marketing Reporter and industry sources. FOREIGN TRADE U.S. exports of boric acid were 27,655 short tons (valued at $4.2 mill-ion) in 1972, compared with 36,409 tons in 1971. Exports of refined sodium borate showed little change—162,123 tons (valued at $18.3 million) in 1972 and 166,087 tons in 1971. The overall level of exports of all the refined boron compounds was therefore about the same during -the -last 2 years and considerably below the average level during 1969—70. As noted, these figures hardly tell the whole story since exports of crude borates were actually higher than exports of refined borates. Detailed brea-kdown of the recorded exports in 1972, -namely boric acid and refined sodium borate, are shown in table 3. Wi-thin this table, data for all countries outside Western Europe are accurate. The problem for Western Europe is that the Netherlands distorts the total because this country is primarily a transshipment poin-t for boron compounds to other nearby countries. A more meaningful estimate embracing crude borates as well would show that West Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan were the ranking final export destinations, in that order, and the Netherlands wac actually eighth in 1972. In 1972, the Uni-ted States imported 20,227 short tons of calcium borate (colemanite) valued at $626,000, all from Turkey. This tonnage -was of nearly the same magnitude -as the average imports during 1968—70 and approximately three times -the 1971 imports.
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