What’s in my mobile phone?

The raw materials in a mobile phone come from a variety of mines, with some metal recycling as well. There are an estimated seven billion mobile phones worldwide. You can find a list of what they typically contain here:

The raw materials in a mobile phone come from a variety of mines, with some metal recycling as well.

There are an estimated seven billion mobile phones worldwide. Here is a list of what they typically contain:

  • Copper – circuitry
  • Europium – LCD screen colour (red)
  • Gallium arsenide - amplifier and receiver
  • Gold - circuitry
  • Magnesium compounds - phone case
  • Neodymium – magnet in the speaker
  • Palladium - circuitry
  • Petroleum products - plastic components
  • Platinum - circuitry
  • Silver – circuitry
  • Terbium – LCD screen colour (green)
  • Tungsten - circuitry

Gold and silver are mined in New Zealand, where we also have potential in tungsten, copper, palladium and platinum, and rare earth elements (such as neodymium).