Silver mine production grew by 5.0 percent to reach 877.5 Moz. This growth is attributable to stronger output from the primary silver and copper sectors, new projects that came online last year and significant production gains in Central and South America. Primary silver mine production grew 8 percent, and accounted for 31 percent of global silver mine supply. Mexico was the world’s leading silver producer, followed by Peru, China, Australia and Chile. Primary silver mine cash costs dropped 16 percent to US$7.74 an ounce, while the producer silver hedge book grew by 15.8 Moz in 2014.
Material and statistics in this section were adapted in part from the Silver Institute’s World Silver Survey 2015 publication.