Statistic download in PNG, XLS and PPT format?

Get a free account in less than 60 seconds. ?

Major countries in iron ore mine production worldwide from 2010 to 2013 (in million metric tons)*

China*** 1,070 1,330 1,310 1,320
Australia 433 488 521 530
Brazil 370 373 398 398
India 230 240 144 150
Russia 101 100 105 102
Ukraine 78 81 82 80
South Africa 59 60 63 67
United States 50 55 54 52
Canada 37 34 39 40
Iran 28 28 37 37
Venezuela 14 17 27 30
Sweden 25 25 23 26
Kazakhstan 24 25 26 25
Additional Information
Sign Up for Free Basic Account
Sign Up for Free Basic Account
Reading support

This statistic illustrates the worldwide mine production of iron ore from 2010 to 2013, sorted by country. The mine production of iron ore in the United States reached approximately 55 million metric tons in 2011.

Iron ore mine production

Iron ore are rocks and minerals that can be heated in the presence of a reductant to extract metallic iron. Iron and steel industries worldwide are reliant on these sources for primary iron material. A large majority of mined iron ore is then used in steelmaking. Iron ore minerals are mostly found as hematite and magnetite.

China and Australia are among the world’s largest iron ore mine producers, producing 1.3 billion metric tons and 530 million metric tons, respectively, in 2013. Subsequently, iron ore reserves are among the highest in Australia with 35 billion metric tons of iron content and 17 billion metric tons of crude ore in 2013. Over 90 percent of Australia’s identified resource resides in Western Australia. Hamersley Province contains a large portion of this resource and is considered one of the world’s largest iron ore reserves. The Pilbara region in Western Australia has two major producers, including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto Ltd. Pilbara Iron is a subsidiary of the Rio Tinto group and has about 15 sites in the region. As of 2011, Australia exported about 40 percent of the world’s iron ore resources. Along with Brazil, the two countries account of over half of the world’s exports.

Show more
You may also be interested in...
Show more
Recent Statistics
Related Reports
Chemicals & Resources - Statistics & Facts
Chemicals & Resources  - Statistics & Facts