Andhra Pradesh is the largest producer of mica in India.
For over hundred years, India had enjoyed monopoly in production and export of sheet mica in the world. Of late, there has been a steep decline in mica production in India, largely due to technological improvements that facilitate use of reconstructed mica and emergence of mica substitutes consequently resulting into fall in the demand of natural mica in the world market. Still India stays there at 8th position in the list of largest producers of mica in the world.
Andhra Pradesh is the largest producer of Mica. Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh is famous for its mica (crude) production. On the other hand, mica (waste and scrap) is largely produced by the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Jharkhand. With a production of 7626 tons of Mica in the year 2013-14, Andhra Pradesh comes at the top of the list of mica producing states.
Rajasthan has occupied second place with an estimate production of 6635 tons of mica in the year 2013-14. The mines of mica are located in Bhilwara, Ajmer and Rajsamand districts if the state.
Bihar comes at third position with an estimated production of 3381 tons of Mica in the year 2013-14. Mica production in the state is centered in Nawada district.
Jharkhand comes next in the list with an estimated production of 2110 tons of mica in the year 2013-14. Mines of mica are found in Giridih and Kodarma districts of the state. There was a time when Kodarma was considered as the Mica capital of India due to city’s worldwide fame for mica production.