Volume 85 Issue 41 | p. 31
Issue Date: October 8, 2007

Why Helium Is In Short Supply

Maintenance disruptions, new project delays mean shortages for at least two more years
Department: Business
News Channels: Materials SCENE

WHEN HELIUM shortages hit the market last year, it was the party balloon business that first felt deflated. Since then, supplies of helium have gotten even tighter, pushing prices up and creating spot shortages for research, medical, and industrial users.

Just last month, Japanese gas suppliers Taiyo Nippon Sanso and Iwatani International told electronics industry customers to prepare for cutbacks of up to 30% in their normal helium supplies. In the electronics . . .

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