Which materials are “critical” and which are “strategic”?

By IM Staff
Published: Monday, 30 November 2015

The terms “critical” and “strategic” used to describe the importance of various minerals and metals to different countries and organisations are often applied without definition or context. George J Simandl, Carlee Akam and Suzanne Paradis outline the case for appropriate use of these terms to avoid misunderstandings and misrepresentations.

Raw materials are essential to the global economy and for maintaining and improving our quality of life. Recent years have witnessed rapid growth in the use and demand for metals or industrial minerals used in high-tech products. Availability of these materials at competitive prices is essential for advances in high-tech...

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