Resources for global electronics
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Mining operations around the world generate the metals used in today's computers, smartphones and tablets. Americas Quarterly recently portrayed the global depth of mineral output.
Neighboring Mexico leads in the production of silver, with a 19 percent share of output in 2010, followed by Peru (15 percent). Mexico's Fresnillio silver complex is the world's largest. The U.S. market share, by comparison, is 5 percent.
For copper, South America accounts for nearly half of global output, led by Chile with a 33 percent share. U.S. mines account for 7 percent of the market.
However, the U.S. is the leading producer of gold with a 9 percent share. Newmont's Carlin-Nevada complex is the largest gold producer in the world.