antimony is alloyed with lead to increase lead's durability. antimony alloys are also used in batteries low friction metals type metal and cable sheathing among other products. antimony compounds are used to make flame-proofing materials paints ceramic enamels glass and pottery.
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usac produces antimony oxide vf mp ht lt and catalyst grade antimony metal sodium antimonate and a wide variety of antimony specialty compounds.
antimony is also used for pigments in plastics paints rubber and for a wide variety of minor uses including medicines fireworks and others. antimony oxide is a brilliant yellow color accounting for much of the pigment use. a tiny amount of highly purified antimony metal is used in the computer industry to make semiconductors.
antimony plummeted during the early years of the depression of the 1930s but recovered after a few years and then climbed sharply during the late 1930s as global conflict threatened again. recovery of demand in the united states was somewhat more protracted. antimony was again used in large tities in world war ii when world demand
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usac has produced various antimony products since 1969 and is a fully integrated mining transportation milling smelting and selling company. usac operates the only significant antimony smelter in the united states and it is in a "sold out" condition.