Magnesium: industrial and research developments over the last 15 years

Trevor Bruce Abbott

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Global magnesium production has doubled since 2000.
Production is now dominated by China, which accounts for
about 80% of the total. Production in the rest of the world
has actually declined since 2000. Magnesium is a relatively
low-cost option for achieving weight reduction beyond that
attainable with aluminum. The price of magnesium has been
relatively stable because of a price spike in 2008. Analysis
of research papers published on magnesium alloys shows
an order of magnitude increase in numbers since 2000. As is
the case for magnesium metal production, the Asian contribution
has had a large effect, with Chinese authors accounting
for over 40% of all publications in the period of 2009 to
2013. The fields of study in magnesium alloys show significant
deviations from existing commercial applications, with
wrought-magnesium alloys having far greater representation
in research papers compared to components, i.e., real items
made of magnesium alloys used in commercial applications.
Corrosion and corrosion protection remain as topical issues
in magnesium research, representing the largest (by number)
subtopic of magnesium research papers published since 1999.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120 - 127
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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