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Learn About the Element Beryllium

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

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  • 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.

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  • Sources of Beryllium

    Where does Beryllium come from? 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.

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  • Uses for Beryllium

    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.

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  • 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.