Portable batteries will push the demand for zinc while car manufacturing industries will boost the aluminum industry.
Rising metal prices mean growth while falling prices translates to an economic slowdown.
China, the world's biggest consumer of base metals, has been the barometer of base metal prices.
The copper industry is expected to make a comeback in 2018 after it suffered a massive blow back in 2011.
China's copper production surged while zinc and platinum output decreased.
Lithium, copper, cobalt, and nickel enjoyed a surge in demand as interest in electric cars increased.
Kobe Steel admits it lied regarding strength and durability data of its steel exports.
Prices of base metals dropped on Friday, causing a chain of reaction to the stocks of mining companies.
Zinc, copper, platinum, gold, and silver are considered the cream of the crop among metallic minerals.
Mining has become a necessity because the minerals extracted from underneath the earth can be used in producing everyday items.