German industry is heavily dependent on imports of non-energy mineral raw materials. Many actors see the tense situation on the international raw material markets, especially the rise in raw material prices, the increasing competition for global access to raw materials as well as the concentration of production in a few countries, some of which are politically unstable, as threats to future supply stability. This has led to raw materials policy gaining in importance in recent years.
The TAB report is dedicated to the current challenges of German raw materials policy, which arise primarily from technological change. The diffusion of new technologies can lead to an increasing demand for raw materials. Due to the low adaptability of the raw materials markets, negative repercussions on the development and production of high technologies may result, which would affect Germany as a high-tech location in a special way. Therefore, special attention is paid to the analysis of the vulnerability of German high-tech sectors to commodity supply risks. In addition to quantitative macroeconomic analyses, two case studies are used to show how individual companies are affected. ... mehrA systematic examination of the various raw materials policy The aim is to further develop German raw materials policy.