Bolivia is one of the western world’s largest antimony producers, producing 1100 t in the first half of 2003, a 9.1% increase from 2002. Similar to South Africa, antimony produced here is generally of much higher quality than what is produced from Russia and China. Empresa Minera Unificada Sociedad Anonima (EMUSA) is responsible for most antimony production in the country (45%), with production coming from three mines: Caracota, Chilcobija, and Espiritu Santo. The Chilcobija mine is the country’s oldest and largest producer – producing 4 – 5000 t of antimony concentrate per year. It was placed on care and maintenance in 1999 pending improved antimony prices. The second largest producer is Cia Minera Salinas (Comisal), which was responsible for 14% of total Bolivian output.
Pan American Silver (Bolivia) S.A. (PASB) holds the right to develop and mine the San Vicente silver-zinc deposit owned by the Bolivian government mining corporation, Comibol.
JAB Mining Company, Cia Minera Salinas
Bolivar, Cangalli, Caracota, Catavi, Chilcobija, Colquiri, Don Mario gold mine, Espiritu Santo, Inti Raymi, Karachipampa Smelter, Kori Kollo, Porco, San Bartolome, San Cristobal, San Vicente