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U.S. Consumption Of Primary Magnesium, By Use

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TABLE 3
U.S. CONSUMPTION OF PRIMARY MAGNESIUM, BY USE1
(Metric tons)
 
Use   2010   2011
For structural products:
Castings:
Die 19,600 22,500
Permanent mold 163 336
Sand 424 498
Wrought products2 2,120   3,580
Total 22,300   26,900
For distributive or sacrificial purposes:
Aluminum alloys 23,800 22,500
Cathodic protection (anodes) 709 876
Iron and steel desulfurization 5,960 6,430
Nodular iron 412 457
Reducing agent for titanium, zirconium, hafnium, uranium, beryllium 882 399
Other3 1,630   1,720
Total 33,400   32,400
Grand total   55,700   59,300
1Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.
2Includes sheet and plate and forgings.
3Includes chemicals and scavenger, deoxidizer, and powder.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

See also: Mineral commodity prices


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