Global chromium mine production 2010-2019

In 2019, the global mine production of the transition metal chromium amounted to a gross weight of 44 million metric tons, an increase from the 2010 production volume of 23.7 million metric tons.

Chromium and its uses

Chromium is a chemical element and is hard and brittle. The metal is the main additive in stainless steel because it provides anti-corrosive properties. It is considered valuable because it can be polished to a high degree while being tarnish resistant. Chrome plating, which is often referred to simply as chrome, refers to a thin layer of chromium being electroplated onto a metal object. Chrome can be applied for both decorative purposes (as in the automotive industry) and for industrial purposes in order to reduce friction, minimize seizing of parts, and more, known as hard chrome or industrial chrome.

Chromium: the global picture

Globally, chromium reserves amounted to some 570 million metric tons as of 2019. Of that amount, Kazakhstan held the largest proportion, with reserves amounting to approximately 230 million metric tons that year. The leading chromium producing country as of 2019, however, was South Africa, the holder of the world’s second largest reserves. Turkey, Kazakhstan, and India are among the other leading producers in the world.

Mine production of chromium worldwide from 2010 to 2019 (in 1,000 metric tons)*

Production in thousand metric tons
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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Thousand metric tons, gross weight, of marketable chromite ore. Figures are rounded.
** Estimated.
This statistic was assembled using several editions of the report.

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