A Huawei engineer tests a 5G base station antenna at the company’s Songshan Lake Manufacturing Centre in Dongguan, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters

Gallium: China tightens grip on wonder metal as Huawei works on promising applications beyond 5G

  • China accounts for 95 per cent of the global supply of the soft, bluish metal
  • Huawei has filed for more than 2,000 patents related to gallium nitride
Topic |   Commodities

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A Huawei engineer tests a 5G base station antenna at the company’s Songshan Lake Manufacturing Centre in Dongguan, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.

Eric Ng

Eric Ng

Eric joined the SCMP in 1998 after brief stints in a trading company and translation and editing roles at Dow Jones and Edinburgh Financial Publishing. He has close to 20 years of experience covering China's energy, mining and industrial materials sectors, and has recently added biotechnology to his coverage. Eric has a Masters of Business Administration degree.