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World Iron Producing Countries

World Iron Producing Countries Map
Description : The map showing major Iron Producing Countries in World. Disclaimer

Iron ore is the raw material found in rocks and minerals from which metallic iron is extracted. Rich in iron oxides, the iron ores come in different colors - dark grey, bright yellow, deep purple, and rusty red.
Iron is one of the most vital minerals and is integral to the global economy. It is used to make pig iron which is required to make steel. It is believed that iron is the most commonly used mineral; it is used in automobiles, industrial applications, maritime instruments, and general engineering applications.

The three largest iron ore companies in the world are: Vale, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Vale is a Brazilian mining corporation while Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are Anglo-Australian. These three countries are known as the "Big Three" and collectively control 61% of the world seaborne trade of iron ore.

The Iron Ore Producers World Map shows the countries producing the maximum quantity of iron ore. As the map shows, China is the world's largest producer of iron-ore producing 900 million metric tonnes of iron ore every year. It is also by far the largest consumer and importer of the same.

Australia ranks second in the production of iron-ore followed by Brazil, India, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, United States, Canada, Iran, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Mexico, and Mauritania.

Major Producers of Iron Ore in world-2010
CountryProduction (Million Metric Tonnes)
South Africa55
United States49
Other countries50

Last updated on December 20, 2012

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