Refined boron empowers
modern life

Borates are everywhere—from smartphone touchscreens to automotive fluids to the insulation that keeps your home’s temperature comfortable. It strengthens glass and protects wood for years. Boron is even an essential micronutrient for growing crops.

Boron is the ultimate multifunctional element. It is essential to modern life and will continue to be integral on our journey to a better future.

Ceramics, Enamels and Glazes

How does boron make the world a better place?

Boron’s unique properties make it suitable for use in a range of numerous products and applications.
Across these uses, boron is making the world a better place by improving:







Sustainable energy

Contemporary living

Refined boron is essential to contemporary living applications. Boron impacts the safety, durability, and performance across critical aspects of contemporary life, including:

  • Transportation

  • Buildings and materials

  • Technology and consumer products

  • Energy and power

Powered by boron

Boron in agriculture

Boron plays an essential role in the physiology of crops. Even though plants require relatively small amounts of boron, it’s instrumental during critical crop growth stages and in the adsorption of other nutrients a plant needs.

Farmers across the globe are learning how important micronutrients such as boron are to improve both crop yield and health.

Sustainable energy

We’re empowering a better future with boron

For more than 150 years, U.S. Borax has been a global leader in boron research and development. We’re finding better ways to deliver the refined borates that are crucial to making modern life more sustainable.

Already, boron improves energy efficiency by lowering temperature in certain manufacturing processes. As we transition to a low-carbon future, boron will play a major role in key products that reduce dependency on fossil fuel sources such as batteries and capacitors.

However, it’s not just boron itself that is key to empowering a better future; it’s how we are mitigating the impact our operations have on the people and planet. See how we’re becoming a more sustainable and responsible producer.

U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements. We are 1,000 people serving 650 customers with more than 1,800 delivery locations globally. We supply around 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.  Learn more about Rio Tinto.

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