Mine production of asbestos - leading countries 2010-2019

This statistic shows the world mine production of asbestos from 2010 to 2019, by leading countries. In 2010, some 200,000 metric tons of asbestos were produced in Kazakhstan. Russia, however, is the world's largest producer, with an annual production of around 0.75 million metric tons in 2019. This mineral is found naturally in the environment and contains silicon and oxygen. It occurs in different colors such as blue, brown, and white, and is usually found as a fibrous material.

Asbestos production worldwide

Russia and Kazakhstan produce the largest volumes of asbestos in the world, totaling 750,000 metric tons and 200,000 metric tons, respectively, in 2019. Globally, asbestos mine production has fallen from 2.2 million metric tons in 2007 to approximately 1.1 million metric tons in 2019.

This mineral is found naturally in the environment and contains silicon and oxygen. It occurs in different colors such as blue, brown, and white, and is usually found as a fibrous material. Asbestos was widely used in many industries as it was able to resist heat, fire, and chemicals, among other useful properties. More recently, the carcinogenic properties of asbestos has been realized and in the 1980s and 1990s, trade and use of the substance were banned in many countries. Prior to its ban, asbestos was used for strengthening cement and plastics and for various uses in building and construction. Exposure to asbestos can occur in many settings and occurs when products with asbestos are disturbed, releasing fibers into the air. Accumulation of these fibers in the lungs can impact breathing and lead to serious health problems.

Major countries in worldwide asbestos mine production from 2010 to 2019

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

No data available for the U.S.
* Estimated.

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