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that interval. Another explanation is that the accounting
process for tungsten sources in central Africa produced
more complete information than in prior years. Either way,
tungsten continues to be an important constituent in alloys
for cutting tools, filaments, and semiconductor manufacture,
and its reliable source, therefore, is important to the industry.
USGS data doesn’t make clear the extent to which
covered countries’ are sources of gold. Listed countries
include those producing 1.7 percent of the worldwide
supply or more, with nearly a quarter attributed to “other”.
What is noteworthy here is that in the five years from 2010
to 2014, inclusive, China’s gold production increased nearly
eleven-fold. In the same period, production in Canada,
Russia, Mexico, and Brazil grew 76 percent, 28 percent, 26
percent, and 21 percent, respectively, versus a worldwide
gold production increase of 12 percent. Additionally,
worldwide gold reserves are roughly 19 times annual
production with particularly large reserves in Australia and
South Africa. It’s unlikely that source-market shifts could
raise the covered countries to prominence in the gold-metal
supply chain over the near term.Unfortunately, from a
humanitarian perspective, covered countries prominence in
gold-supply markets for the electronics industry isn’t the sole
Resource Watch notes exploitation of gold miners in conflict
countries, particularly east of the DRC. So even though
conflict countries are not going to rock our gold supply,
we might consider if ethical business practices impose a
moral obligation to maintain a clean supply chain for gold in
industrial applications, independent of government mandates.