This report forecasts to 2019 the total activity of US mines and quarries as measured in metric tons of material handled. Material handled refers to the excavated volumes of metal ores, industrial minerals, and waste. Total material handled is segmented by targeted resource in terms of copper, gold, iron, other metal ores, stone, sand and gravel, phosphate rock, and other industrial minerals.
To illustrate historical trends, total materials handled and the various segments are provided in annual series from 2004 to 2014. A Market Environment section provides pertinent background on historical industry size and trends; key economic indicators; and trends in metal ores and nonmetallic minerals trade, environmental and regulatory factors, and technological developments. A Segmentation and Forecasts section defines resources, discusses market drivers and constraints, identifies substitute products when applicable, and assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each resource segment over the forecast period.
Further analysis includes an Industry Structure section, which surveys the supply base and profiles the leading firms competing in the US industry. A one-page, introductory Highlights section summarizes key findings from this 24-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.