A market share of more than 50% makes 5N Plus the world's leading supplier of bismuth and bismuth chemicals. Bismuth sold by 5N Plus is used in a number of pharmaceutical, electronic and industrial applications.
Known since ancient times, bismuth is a brittle pinkish-white metal that was long confused with lead, tin and zinc. In 1753, French chemist Claude François Geoffroy dispelled the confusion when he first published on this metal. Bismuth is typically recovered as a by-product of lead and copper.