European rock and role

Published: Thursday, 22 January 2009

The EU’s position in global mineral supply, commodity trends, EU industries and policies, and future challenges are examined by Linda Hetherington and Andrew Bloodworth

Europe is a major global producer of industrial minerals, with around 117m. tonnes extracted in the European Union in 2007. The industry makes an estimated direct contribution of €13,000m. ($17,460m.) to the European GDP (IMA Europe), although the value added by downstream industrial consumers of these commodities is much larger....

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