Arsenic in our Devices!?

Are our gadgets poisoning us with Arsenic? Probably!

Arsenic is used in our everyday gadgets

What are the applications of Arsenic in technology?

Semiconductors

Life as we know it cannot be imagined without semiconductors. These tiny components are the building blocks of all the electronic pieces we have at home. Smartphones, appliances, computers, tablets, and other gadgets have a microchip or semiconductor at their heart.

LED

Light Emitting Diode or LED lights won’t work without Arsenic either. Today, most display technologies opt to use LED systems because of their high performance and low usage. The role of gallium arsenide in LED is to make P–N junctions more efficient; manufacturers use Arsenic in combination with other materials to create different colors in LEDs such as blue, red, and green.

Laser

One of the most popular types of laser is called aluminum gallium arsenide laser. This laser produces an infrared beam that has many different applications. The wavelength range of these lasers is between 0.63 and 0.9µm. Aluminum gallium arsenide laser is most commonly used in optical drives, that is, in CD and DVD players and writers.

Which companies are the largest producers of Arsenic?

Furukawa (FUWAY)

Furukawa is a multifaceted Japanese company acting in many sectors of industry. This company specializes in manufacturing telecommunication, energy, automotive, and electronic parts. In addition, Furukawa is also the largest manufacturer of specialty materials such as Arsenic.

PPM Pure Metals (RX.PA)

PPM is located in Germany and is the manufacturer of higher purity minor metals. This company was founded 65 years ago and has become one of the major producers of metals in Europe. Some of the leading products of PPM are Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Gallium, Germanium, Indium, Lead, Tellurium, and Tin.

Shandong Humon Smelting (SHE)

Shandong is a Chinese company specializing in the extraction of gold, silver, and other minerals. This company also produces chemicals such as Arsenic and more. Moreover, its customers are primarily domestic.

Haichen Optoelectronic

Haichen is another Chinese company specializing in the research and development of 3D glasses. Another one of Haichen’s areas of expertise is the production of high purity metals used in manufacturing semiconductors. This company has the capacity to produce over 100 metric tons of 5N, 6N,7N, and 7N+ purity arsenic at the moment.

Donghai Dongfang High-purity Electronic Material

Donghai was founded in 2006 in Beijing, China, with an initial investment of 31 million yuan. This company specializes in producing high purity arsenic and gallium arsenide with a capacity of 20 tons per year. This kind of Arsenic is specially designed for the manufacture of semiconductors.

Indenta Chemicals

Indenta is an Indian company and the largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical and industrial materials. This company exports its products to more than 40 countries across the globe, and many Fortune 500 companies are among Indenta’s customers.

How large is the market size for high purity arsenic?

The market size for high purity arsenic was 30.8 million US dollars in 2020. This market has been growing steadily with the growth of semiconductors, lasers, and LED lights. According to analysis, the market for Arsenic will rise to 38.1 million dollars by 2027. This market is mainly driven by the growth in electronic technologies.

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