Strion can be extracted from its ore, a rocky substance with a characteristic green hue, on some worlds. It has a very complicated molecular structure that cannot be manufactured synthetically. Its molecules are huge and form perfect spheres (by molecular standards, at least). This makes it the ultimate lubricant on a molecular level to the point of boosting factory output in basic production by up to 20%. However, strion molecules are not very stable and are consumed by the factories. For maximum efficiency a factory will need 1mu of strion per week. A starbase will automatically use strion for basic production if it is available. Mass production lines have been optimized with other techniques and have no use for strion.