The mining industry has been in a panic over the decline of commodity prices and the shutdown of many companies. With a number of employees working virtually, shedding some light on the situation and getting an understanding of how essential this industry can be, will help to put some minds at ease as we return to work. Here are 4 reasons why the world needs mining.
The World Can’t Function Without It
There are certain materials that simply need to be mined. Mineral products are essential to the creation of vehicles, solar panels, wind power, fertilizers, machinery, energy towers, and more. Even though recycling programs for products like smartphones and electronic waste are getting more efficient, the majority of the materials are still produced for these products through mining.
It’s Fundamental to Economies
To populate new areas, my products are needed for the building blocks. In order for us to grow and populate, we need miners. Mining accounts for 60 to 90% of total foreign direct investment for many low to middle-income countries. There are around 70 countries that owe the majority of their income to the mining industry as well.
There Are Not Many Substitutes For Certain Minerals
Certain metals have been replaced by substitutes like carbon fiber and coal has been replaced by many fossil fuels. Not every metal ore can be replaced, however. Most of them have specific uses that cannot be substituted.
Mining is Becoming More Sustainable
The top mining companies are using new technology to make the process more sustainable than ever before. With big data technology, better mineral sensing, simulations, using drones and robotics, and adaptive chain supply, companies are working to mind more effectively and efficiently.
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This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at https://beckersmcusa.com/. For nearly half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of mining electrical companies. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.