Graphics: Charts and Maps1

 

 

(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:
Highest Usage
High Usage
Regional Usage
Asia: 2012 vs 2000
 
Maps showing Global Asbestos Usage and Bans:
2000
2012
2014
2015
2000 and 2015
 
Tabular Production and Consumption Data:
Prod. 2011-2013
Consum. 2011-2013
Consum. 2000-2012
 
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 – all available on this page.

2Recent provisional USGS apparent consumption and production estimates are available on this site: 2011201220132014.
See also: Latest Global Asbestos Data.

January 22, 2015

 

 

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