Our critical dependence on electronics means we are equally dependent on the mineral raw materials needed to make them
The modern era is defined by technological developments, from the highest levels of industry to the mundane activities of everyday life. We carry high-tech computers around in our pockets, drive smart cars and sometimes even brew coffee with the help of computer chips. Technological advances have made industrial processes of all kinds more efficient, productive and sustainable than ever before. Technological innovation grows exponentially.
A major area of our technological dependence is on electronics. This includes just about everything with a computer chip, such as personal computers, domestic appliances, cars and of course large-scale technologies such as those used in factories or supercomputers. Additionally, digitisation is a top priority for the EC, and Euromines support’s the EC’s efforts to make sure digital technology benefits people and businesses and contributes to achieving a climate-neutral Europe.
Our critical dependence on electronics means we are equally dependent on the mineral raw materials needed to make them. Technology requires a large variety of minerals and metals, many of which are rare or difficult to acquire. The essential nature of securing the mineral raw materials that support the electronics value chain combined with the challenges of sourcing some of these materials makes it critical that we make this value chain a priority moving forward.
The European mineral raw materials sector is working to secure supply to ensure we can meet all of these needs as we grow and develop.
Please see more details about the role of minerals and metals in the electronics value chain in the file below.