Business and economics
The activities and processes associated with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
China's rare-earth industry [ More info] Reviews production, consumption, and reserves and important policies and regulations regarding production and trade of rare earths, including recently announced export quotas.
Comparison of U.S. net import reliance for nonfuel mineral commodities--A 60-year retrospective (1954-1984-2014) [ More info] We found an increase in the number and type of nonfuel mineral commodities for which the US was net import reliant, an increase in the import reliance for individual commodities, and a shift in the geographic distribution of the source countries.
Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo--Gold supply chain [ More info] Describes the source and processing of this commodity, with special emphasis on countries where armed groups are involved in the supply chain.
Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo: global tantalum processing plants, a critical part of the tantalum supply chain [ More info] Describes how tantalum is produced for the global economic market, including a list of the processing plants generating industrial tantalum products.
Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo: global tungsten processing plants, a critical part of the tungsten supply chain [ More info] Information about tungsten processing plants to help identify risks associated with the supply of this strategic resource and support decision making related to mineral supply.
Flow studies for recycling metal commodities in the United States [ More info] What happens to all the scrap metal? How well does recycling work? This guide explains what we know about the overall processes of recycling various metals.
Germanium: giving microelectronics an efficiency boost [ More info] Explains how we use the rare trace metal Germanium, where we find it, and outlines the supply and demand situation worldwide for this element.
Indium: bringing liquid-crystal displays into focus [ More info] Explains the uses for, sources of, and supply and demand for this rare metal element.
Manganese: it turns iron into steel (and does so much more) [ More info] Explains how we use this metal, where we get it, and describes the current trends in supply and demand.
Mineral commodity statistics and information [ More info] Database of mineral and material commodities with descriptions, contacts, and historical and current statistics of worldwide supply, demand, production and trade in Mineral Commodity Studies, Minerals Yearbooks, and special publications.
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