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China’s Magnesium Shortage Could Cripple Global Car Industry



China's Magnesium Shortage Could Cripple Global Car Industry - autojosh

Amid semiconductor (chip) shortage, China’s Magnesium shortage could cripple global car industry. 

Magnesium, mainly supplied by China, is required in Aluminum production as an alloying agent.

This means that a shortage of Magnesium could stop aluminum production. 

China’s magnesium shortage could cripple global car industry, amid semiconductor (chip) shortage that is currently causing a drastic reduction in automobile productions.

A recent report by Financial Times says that the current Chinese magnesium shortage could impact automakers with a wide-sweeping shortage of aluminum. Magnesium is required in aluminum production as an alloying agent, which means if there is a substantial magnesium shortage, aluminum production could stop as a result.

Aluminum is used for a wide variety of automotive components, offering high strength and low weight. Just a few examples of aluminum car components would include wheels, vehicle bodies and frames, engine components, and transmission components.

China's Magnesium Shortage Could Cripple Global Car Industry - autojosh

Now, however, China is in the midst of an energy crisis, with rising energy costs that result in increased costs for magnesium production. China provides the majority of industrial magnesium, while a magnesium shortage could precede an aluminum shortage that impacts the auto industry.

According to the Financial Times report, roughly 85 percent of the world’s magnesium production takes place in China. However, some magnesium production also takes place in North America, with one large domestic producer, US Magnesium, offering a small degree of protection from a large Chinese magnesium shortage.

“Aluminium producers North America are also working their scrap supply chains very aggressively to make up for whatever raw magnesium they are not able to source,” said research manager at commodities consultancy CRU, Stephen Williamson, per the Financial Times report.

China's Magnesium Shortage Could Cripple Global Car Industry - autojosh

For the moment, no automakers have issued warnings over the magnesium shortage or how it could impact aluminum production, and as a consequence, automotive production.

Nevertheless, European companies are already feeling the pressure as Chinese magnesium stockpiles run dry.

“The current magnesium supply shortage is a clear example of the risk the EU is taking by making its domestic economy dependent on Chinese imports,” said European Aluminum in a recent statement. is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector, and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety, and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. TA

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