For over a century, magnesium metal has been coveted by the industrial manufacturing industry. Magnesium is naturally 33% lighter than aluminum, 60% lighter than titanium, and 75% lighter than steel. It is strong and castable, which makes it a suitable replacement for components and or designs which call for lighter and durable metals. Government efficiency standards for industries such as aerospace are used to improve the utilization and safety; in military for advance tactics; defense and American readiness through the implementation of lighter, stronger weaponry, equipment, and battlefield vehicles.
Magnesium is an abundant metal comprising about 2% of the earth’s crust alone. While there are plentiful reserves in America, supply is limited due to lack of research into faster, cleaner magnesium production technologies. Consequently, the world only produces approximately 1 million metric tons of magnesium each year which 85% is produced in China. Due to weak environmental policies, regulatory oversights and outdated mining processes, Chinese mining companies are known to emit high levels of pollutants through these practices.