China’s Ministry of Commerce has taken a significant step with potential global implications. On July 3, they introduced restrictions on gallium exports due to national security concerns. This move could lead to shortages of gallium, a critical component used in various industries, particularly within the European Union.
Gallium is vital for industries like semiconductors, LEDs, aerospace, and defense, making it a crucial resource. China is a major producer of gallium, largely obtained as a by-product of bauxite refining for aluminum.
The European Union recognizes the strategic importance of gallium and classifies it as a Critical Raw Material. This situation could prompt the EU to enhance its own gallium production, reducing its dependence on China and strengthening its industrial resilience.
The recent export restrictions underscore the significance of secure supply chains and domestic production capabilities. As industries adapt to this change, the focus on ensuring a steady gallium supply and robust aluminum production becomes more critical than ever for a stable industrial future.
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Project Title: Fabrication of Lightweight Aluminum Metal matrix composites and validation In Green vehicles Topic: LC-GV-06-2020 Advanced light materials and their production processes for automotive applications.
This Project has received funding from the European Community’s H2020. Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 101007011. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. Funding Scheme: H2020-LC-GV-2020