In spite of health concerns, annual world production of asbestos remains at more than two million tonnes, according to a 2009 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Mouse over the chart on the right to find details on the amount in thousands of metric tonnes produced by country. Click on the 'Consumption' tab above to find out the top asbestos consumers in the world.
China was the leading asbestos-consuming country in 2007, followed by India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. These eight countries accounted for about 80 per cent of world asbestos consumption in that year. Mouse over the chart on the right to find details on the amount in thousands of metric tonnes consumed by each country. Click on the 'Production' tab above to find out the top asbestos-producing countries in the world.