there isn't enough raw materials

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    Even blind Freddie can see that there is going to be a world wide shortage of raw materials for the forseeable future. With China and India entering the consumer market there will not be enough materials to supply the manufacturing sector. Even if more discoveries are made they will not be enough. Substitution and salvage will be the buzz words soon. Take a look around your home and look at the materials that it and the contents are made of; some are inappropriate uses of a material. Expect to see some changes in the near future and a lift in the scrap metals industry[already happening]. The energy input to material processing isn't getting any cheaper either so expect some improvements from that quarter also. We are about to experience the 3rd or is it the 4th industrial revolution.
 
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