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High-tech metal resources map

High-tech metals are used in rapidly growing advanced-technology industries that are now being boosted by consumer demand for a high-tech, connected and environmentally sustainable future.

The variety of products using high-tech metals are almost endless: from tiny mobile phone parts through to medical applications such as hip replacements and pace makers; from storing solar energy at the home to electric vehicle components and parts for huge wind turbines; even flying above us in parts for aircraft and satellites – high-tech metals play an important role in modern life.

NSW is rich in high-tech metals, offering exciting opportunities.



This map shows areas in NSW that currently produce, or have the potential to produce, high-tech metals including:

  • copper and gold
  • rare earth elements (REEs), including scandium
  • platinum group elements (PGEs)
  • cobalt, lithium, titanium and zirconium.

The map also explains the sources and uses of high-tech metals, contains important project summaries, and provides charts of current world production and reserves. A detailed glossary and reference list are also included.


High school teaching resources and student work sheets based on this map can be found under Resources at

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The map should be referenced as follows:

M.J. Armstrong, P.J. Carter, M.J. Drummond, G.D. Fleming, D.B. Forster & L.M. Talbot (compilers) 2018. High-tech metal resources of New South Wales. Geological Survey of New South Wales, Maitland.


This work (with the exception of the Government Coat of Arms, any government-owned trademark, logo or brand and third party content) is licensed by the NSW Government under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Attribution must be given in this form: © State of New South Wales 2018.