YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> Los Angeles-based elemental manufacturing firm American Elements is doubling down on its commitment to high-purity beryllium fabrication. Beryllium already occupies an important niche in manufacturing. The element boasts an array of useful properties. A combination of a remarkably high specific heat, good thermal conductivity and low density make it extremely well suited to structural applications requiring high thermal stability. This is why the metal is most commonly employed as an alloying agent to copper, aluminum and iron. Its low density and knack for withstanding huge temperature and pressure fluctuations has made it a favorite for aerospace and military implements for decades. Modern fighter jets, missiles, spacecraft—any object likely to break the sound barrier while remaining intact—likely incorporates beryllium in some proportion. However, for certain other applications, compounds won’t get the job done. In this context, thin, highly purified sheets of beryllium are needed. It is for these situations that American Elemen...