According to China Tungsten Industry Report, 2014-2017, China is the world's largest tungsten ore resources owner and producer. In 2013, China's tungsten ore reserves hit 1.9 million tons, accounting for 54.3% of the world; its tungsten concentrate (WO365%) output was 138,000 tons, equivalent to 84.5% of the global output.

China's tungsten ore resources concentrate in Jiangxi, Hunan, Henan, Fujian, Guangxi, Gansu and other regions. In 2013, Jiangxi and Hunan shared 66% of the total reserves together.

The demand of cemented carbide for tungsten occupies 72% in the European market, 66% in the Japanese market and 54% in the Chinese market.

Resource control

As China controls the total tungsten resources, manages export quota, purchases and stores tungsten resources, as well as implements other tightening policies, the future tungsten ore supply in China, even in the world, will be tight, and the tungsten output growth will slow down, the report suggests.