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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)

Page 219

Table 2.—Prices of boron compounds at ycarend, 1972 
Price per short ton' 
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 
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 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%: 
 Bulk                                                           Granular,
decahydrate, 99.5%: 
 Bulk                                                           Granular,
pentahydrate, 99.5%: 
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. 
 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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