Antimony is one of the world’s top critical elements for today’s modern manufacturig and electronics sectors, but has been used for centuries prior as ‘Khol’ the dark eye liner used across the Asian and Arabic and African continents, as antimony sulphide. Today it is used as a critical ingredient in plastics to as a ‘flame retardant’ additive of choice.
To make sure your everyday electronics circuit boards, plastics in cars, plane and buildings are safe and to highest world standards, they require flame retardants by regulation. Antimony is also used in your car battery, in disc brakes, in colour enhancing, in making glass clear, and in textile manufacturing as a catalyst. It is a global element of mult functionality. Our team have been involved in antimony in all aspects of its industry for over 50 years.
Antimony and its association with gold has been long known. In fact, the first discovery and association was by Arabic polymat and chemist, Jabir Ibn Hayyan, who is also accredited for the very first work on the aqueous dissolution of gold.
Antimony (Sb) is classified as a minor metal, growing in strategic importance. Over 90% of supplies of antimony metal come from China. The European Union, the United States of America and Japanese economies are import dependent on the metal. The main use for antimony nowadays is as a tri-oxide additive in the chemical and plastics industry as a “synthesizer” for flame retardant compounds, the use of which is driven by regulatory Health and Safety standards