The US is the leading destination market for greenfield metals and minerals FDI, while it is also the top source market. GlobalData’s metals and minerals foreign direct investment (FDI) report highlights the current trends in metals and minerals foreign investments. Buy the report here.

Between 2019 and 2022, the metals and minerals sector was the sixteenth largest FDI sector in terms of the number of greenfield investments. The metals and minerals sector accounts for 1.6% of global greenfield FDI projects.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

Combined, the top ten destination countries account for 56.7% of total metals and minerals FDI projects.

The leading destination country for metals and minerals FDI is the US. Germany, France and China are also popular metals and minerals investment hubs.

According to GlobalData’s FDI Projects database, Germany-based companies were the leading source of greenfield metals and minerals investments into the US.

With respect to outbound FDI, the US was the leading metals and minerals source market. US-based companies held a 9.7% share of total outbound metals and minerals FDI projects. Germany, China, UK and Luxembourg are also top source markets for metals and minerals FDI.

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