Graphics: Charts and Maps1

 

 

(Update: April 2018)

Recently, the USGS has released drastic revisions of their estimates of asbestos fiber production and usage for the years 2012 to 2015. The new data are included in (Excel xlsx file) 2016 - Advance Data Release, which draws on data available up to September 2017; significantly, this document shows a dramatic fall in global asbestos production, and consumption (for a discussion of the USGS revisions see new article: Dramatic Fall in Asbestos Production). The changes principally affect estimates for asbestos producing countries but include some significant changes elsewhere. Accordingly, we have amended our pie charts for 2012-2015 and some graphs revealing trends in asbestos consumption to reflect the new data (several new charts have also been added). While some charts on this page have been only minimally affected by the USGS revisions and the maps not at all, the production and consumption tables (which first appeared in an article written in 2014, and draw on unrevised data for 2012 and 2013) have been removed.

(Revised August 2015)

The production and consumption data used in the following charts and maps (click on titles or thumbnails for full-size images) are sourced from United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports.2 (In presenting these reports the USGS draws attention to the fact that the accuracy of data is no better than to three significant digits and that there are sometimes difficulties in obtaining trade statistics from some countries in a timely manner.) In the case of asbestos producer countries there are often erratic fluctuations of apparent consumption from year to year; some current production may be stockpiled or exports made from accumulated stock. For consumers, stockpiling can also occur and the timing of large shipments can skew the annual apparent consumption figures. To address this problem, in our more recent compilations (shown first), we have tried to obtain smoother representations of trends by averaging data over three year intervals, then applying these average values to the "midpoint years."

 

 
Trends in Asbestos Fiber Use (2000-2012) – Graphs and Bar Charts:
Regional Usage
Highest 6 Usage
Highest 8 Usage
Traded Usage (1)
Traded Usage (2)
Producer vs User
 
Maps showing Global Asbestos Usage and Bans:
2000
2012
2014
2015
2000 and 2015
 
Global Asbestos Fiber Consumption Pie Charts:
1950
1980
2012
2013
2014
2015
 
Global Asbestos Fiber Production Pie Charts:
1950
1980
2012
2013
2014
2015

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1In 2012 we compiled a number of charts for a presentation in Paris entitled "Charting the Changing Pattern of Asbestos Production and Use 1950-2012." Since that time (for other presentations and articles), we have updated these charts and produced additional graphical material.

2Recent asbestos consumption and production estimates as well as historical asbestos data are available from the USGS website: https://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/asbestos/, principally under the heading "Minerals Yearbook."
For an account of recent developments see: Dramatic Fall in Asbestos Production and also the earlier article: Latest Global Asbestos Data (written in November 2014 and revised in January 2015, this article makes reference to USGS data which have recently (2018) been significantly revised).

January 22, 2015

 

 

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