Mining companies have been struggling with a protracted slump in commodity prices, coupled with a slowdown in China's economy.
Mining stocks only experienced a slight recovery straight after the European Central Bank's decision on March 10, 2016, on additional monetary stimulus measures to kickstart the eurozone eocnomy. This page collates recent DW content on the mining industry.
Smartphones have up to 30 rare metals in them - many of which are extracted under inhuman conditions, says Amnesty International. Pressure is increasing on producers to reveal their supply chains and ensure fair working conditions in the extraction of the elements. Apple is leading the way.
It's being hailed as the "oil of the future"... and now lithium is about to transform the fortunes of a tiny ancient mining village in the Czech Republic. The metal is a key component for rechargeable batteries and is used in gadgets like mobile phones and tablets, but a huge surge in demand is on the horizon due to the rapid development of electric vehicles.