Materion Corporation to Expand Beryllium Hydroxide Capacity at Utah Mine
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- November 6, 2013
Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) announced today that it is significantly
increasing capacity to produce beryllium hydroxide using the bertrandite ore
reserves at the Company’s mine in the Topaz-Spor Mountain area of western
Utah. The Materion mine is the largest known operational source of bertrandite
ore, which is the most abundant source of beryllium.
Materion currently supplies more than 40% of the world beryllium market and
more than 70% of the freshly mined beryllium, the balance coming from
inventories stockpiled by others in the past. Over the next two to three
years, stockpiled sources of beryllium supply are expected to decline, and
Materion will be able to increase supply to fill the void.
Materion has proven reserves of 6.25 million tons of bertrandite ore in its
Utah mine, that, at current beryllium hydroxide rates of production, would
support more than 70 years of operation. The property may also contain another
6.15 million tons of bertrandite ore in undeveloped reserves.
“Expanding capacity is one of several actions we are taking to put us in a
position to respond quickly as global supplies of beryllium decrease,” said
Glenn Maxwell, President, Performance Metals Group. “These initiatives include
methods that shorten the time it takes to develop a pit for excavation and
incrementally increase production from our refinery. Our sophisticated mining
software allows us to find ore with higher levels of confidence and design
pits that enable us to extract an increased proportion of useable ore at
shallower and easier to excavate levels, and at lower costs than in the past.”
The capital requirement for the increased capacity fits within the normal
annual expenditures of the Company.
Materion is the world’s only mine-to-mill integrated beryllium producer,
providing an assured, long-term source of beryllium. The beryllium hydroxide
from the Utah refinery is shipped to Materion’s Elmore, Ohio, facility, which
produces metallic beryllium, beryllium alloys and beryllium hydroxide ceramic
Materion Corporation is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The Company,
through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies highly engineered advanced
enabling materials to global markets. Products include precious and
non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty
coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium
composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems.
Michael C. Hasychak, 216-383-6823
Patrick S. Carpenter, 216-383-6835
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