World beryllium mine production by major countries 2014-2018

The United States is the world’s largest beryllium mine producer by far, with production sitting at 170 metric tons in 2018. China was distantly the second largest producer in the world, with 50 metric tons produced that year. Global beryllium production in that year totaled an estimated 230 metric tons of contained beryllium.


The (relatively) rare chemical element beryllium is one of the lightest metals. Beryllium metal is used mainly in defense and aerospace applications because of its stiffness, dimensional stability over a wide temperature range, and its light weight. Beryllium-copper alloys and beryllium oxide are also forms of the metal that are used in applications that require the material’s conductivity and strength. The gemstone beryl, with well-known varieties including emeralds and aquamarine, is also a beryllium compound. The global market revenue of beryllium was estimated at nearly 125 million U.S. dollars as of 2016.

U.S. Beryllium

The U.S. is one of just three countries in the world that processes beryllium ores and concentrates. As a result, it is the supplier of most of the world’s beryllium requirements. The U.S. also has a national defense stockpile of beryllium, which sits at around 75 metric tons of contained beryllium.

Major countries in worldwide beryllium mine production from 2014 to 2018

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Figures are estimated.
This statistic has been assembled using several editions of the report.

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