About Beryllium

Widely found in products used throughout society, beryllium improves the way we live and work. A naturally occurring element, beryllium is one-third lighter than aluminum, yet has six times the specific stiffness of steel. Beryllium is the fourth element on the Periodic Table with the symbol "Be". While it is still unknown to many, this amazing, almost magical metal imparts remarkable physical and performance qualities to its end-use products making for a better, more connected and safer world.

  • Forms of Beryllium

    The three primary forms of beryllium produced are beryllium-containing alloys, pure beryllium metal and beryllia ceramics, also known as beryllium oxide ceramic.

  • Sources of Beryllium

    Only the United States, China and Kazakhstan process commercial quantities of beryllium from ore into pure beryllium metal or other beryllium-containing materials. Currently, the only fully integrated producer (from mine to mill fabrication), Materion Brush Inc., is located in the U.S.

  • Beryllium in Action

    The unique properties of this lightweight metal make it a critical enabler of modern technologies extensively used throughout aerospace, defense, telecommunications and computer, energy exploration, medical diagnostic and other advanced applications.

  • Historical Perspective

    When compared to the ancient histories of metals such as gold, copper and lead, beryllium is a relative newcomer. Though beryllium was discovered in the late 18th century, its unique properties and commercial value were not recognized until the 1920s.

  • Did You Know?

    Beryllium is a part of many of the things you rely on each day, including cellular phones, kitchen and laundry appliances, home temperature controls, MP3 players, desktop and portable computers, and your car.

  • Did You Know?

    The next-generation James Webb Space Telescope will depend on a 6.5 meter beryllium mirror to see objects 200 times fainter than visible before.

  • Did You Know?

    Only three countries, the United States, China, and Kazakhstan currently process beryllium ores and concentrates into beryllium products.

  • Did You Know?

    Beryllium is the fourth element on the periodic table and the 44th most abundant element in the earth’s crust.

  • Did You Know?

    Beryllium is non-magnetic.

  • Did You Know?

    Beryllium was discovered in 1798 by Louis-Nicholas Vauquelin.