High-tech metals are used in rapidly growing advanced-technology industries that are now being boosted by consumer demand for a high-tech, connected and environmentally sustainable future.
The Geological Survey of NSW has released a map, report and a series of fact sheets highlighting their state’s contribution to this emerging sector of Australia’s minerals industry.
The variety of products using high-tech metals are almost endless: from tiny mobile phone parts through to medical applications such as hip replacements and pace makers; from storing solar energy at the home to electric vehicle components and parts for huge wind turbines; even flying above us in parts for aircraft and satellites – high-tech metals play an important role in modern life.
NSW is rich in high-tech metals, offering exciting opportunities.
This map shows areas in NSW that currently produce, or have the potential to produce, high-tech metals including:
- copper and gold
- rare earth elements (REEs), including scandium
- platinum group elements (PGEs)
- cobalt, lithium, titanium and zirconium.
The map also explains the sources and uses of high-tech metals, contains important project summaries, and provides charts of current world production and reserves. A detailed glossary and reference list are also included.
Find out more on the NSW Geological Survey website.