Access Concerns Spur Development.
Am Met Mark - Chromium 1985 Dec; 93(244):8-13
Chromium is abundant, presently accessible, and relatively inexpensive. Accessibility has a political component. The world chromium reserve base is concentrated in the Republic of South Africa and Zimbabwe (previously called Rhodesia). Rhodesian chromium was embargoed from 1966 to 1972, making it politically inaccessible. South African chromium has always been politically accessible. Chromium reserve base concentration concerns consumers. The United States consumes chromium in the form of ferrochromium and chromium ore. International ferrochromium production capacity is of interest to the United States because this country is one of the traditional ferrochromium producers now experiencing declining capacity. Market economy countries are currently more vulnerable to a ferrochromium supply disruption than to a chromium ore supply disruption. Under the trade development program, the U.S. Department of State encourages the development of foreign chromium deposits. Market economy countries are developing new ferrochromium production capacity and more efficient production processes.
Am. Met. Mark. - Chromium, V. 93, No. 244, Dec. 19, 1985, PP. 8-13