Helium shortage threatens festive season


Worldwide helium shortage is threatening the festive balloon season as the shortage filters through to local retailers.

Although the helium balloons industry only uses eight per cent of the worldwide helium supply, some local party businesses in Australia are already feeling the pressure and will be relying on existing stock.

According to BOCs general manager of special products John Nicholson the shortages are a reality. He told the Australian Tasmania newspaper that the company was not getting enough to meet the demand.

He said one of the major sources in Kansas (USA) is down. “A range of issues on the supply side from the US has caused the shortage which has been an issue for about two months.”

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