Supply of raw materials for high-tech German industries – Specifying and further developing Germany's raw materials strategy (TAB ressources)
As an industrial nation with few domestic raw material deposits, Germany is particularly reliant on a secure resource supply. The problem of securing the supply of raw materials has become the focus of attention, not least because of the turbulence on the commodities markets. The origins for this turbulence were not the exhaustion of natural resources, but rather an imbalance of supply and demand. In addition, the fact that the extraction of some raw materials is concentrated on only a few, often politically unstable countries is a cause of considerable concern. On the demand side, alongside the growth of the global economy, technological change also has to be taken into account. Important impulses for the demand for raw materials could be triggered by a broad diffusion of emerging technologies.