Therefore, there was a 262 million ounce shortfall in silver. Thus far, the shortage has been mostly met by using recycled silver and from government stockpiles. Even so, the shortage is there.
Looking At The NumbersRecently published data points argued that recycled silver cannot continue to meet the gap between supply and demand. The supply of recycled silver dropped 24% last year, which is the largest decrease on record. Supply is also falling. Seven of the ten leading silver mines produced less silver in 2013 than in 2012. Production in the Silver State, Nevada, is down 70.4% over the past 16 years. The US Geological Survey reports that ore grades have collapsed 90%, which means that far more ore has to be mined in order to produce the same amount of silver. Exploration has also come to almost a complete halt due to higher financing costs, so there is little chance of new finds of sources of silver.
On the demand side, physical demand has increased 13%. Last year the U.S. Mint actually sold out of silver products, reports said. China’s use of silver for solar panels was less than 1 million in ounces in 2005, but in 2013 China used 35 million ounces just for solar panels. In 1999, the amount of silver used in solar panels in the United States was not even reported. By 2015, 100 million ounces of silver are projected for solar energy use.
Some 62% of silver is used for industrial applications, 21% for jewelry, and 12% for coins. Given these used, the data argues that “95% of all silver consumed is gone, never to enter the supply side again.
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