Mining market in India

Industry highlights


Export Development Canada's position


Global exploration share


World Bank Ease of Doing Business score 

Copper, steel, zinc and iron-ore

lead India's mining sector


5-year compound annual growth rate of industry


5-year production compound annual rate of change

US $127.4 billion

National mining revenues


India is the world’s second-largest producer of coal (approximately 88% is non-coking coal), the second-largest producer and consumer of steel, and the third-largest producer of zinc and iron ore. Other major minerals produced in India are:

India has several state-owned enterprises involved in mining. India is completely dependent on imports for critical minerals, namely:

Key opportunities for Canadian mining suppliers

Mineral processing

Opportunities exist in:

Coal India, after receiving a government mandate to diversify into aluminum, is interested in Canadian smelter and refinery technologies. India holds an advantage in production and conversion costs in steel and alumina. Its strategic location enables export opportunities to develop and gives access to fast-developing Asian markets.

Health and safety

Opportunities exist in:

Mine site construction

Opportunities exist in the following areas:

Notable challenges for Canadian mining suppliers in India

India business landscape

Request a meeting

To learn more about the mining industry in India, contact Saibal Ghosh (, Trade Commissioner, at the High Commission of Canada to New Delhi, India.

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