Currently, antimony stocks in the United States of America for the production of ammunition will last until 2025. In this regard, it is necessary to search for alternative sources of this semimetal.
As you know, antimony (the chemical symbol is Sb, from the Latin name Stibium) is a chemical element of the 15th group of the fifth period of the periodic table of chemical elements of Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev. It has atomic number 51. Antimony is a semimetal of silver-white color with a bluish tint, coarse-grained structure. This substance is in demand in many important instruments and devices. This is a fairly scarce commodity.
For the supply of antimony, the United States of America depends to a greater extent on the People’s Republic of China, and to a lesser extent on the Russian Federation. That is, by introducing a joint embargo, these states will be able to create serious problems for this state. The Washington House Armed Services Committee is concerned about the recent geopolitical dynamics in relations with the Russian Federation and the Middle Kingdom, which could deprive the United States of this strategic raw material. This can accelerate disruptions in the supply chain. Other strategically important resources are also under threat, but the main danger is expected precisely with the supply of antimony.