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Table 3.23 World production for iron ore. Rank Country Iron ore (Mt) Percentage of world total Source United States Geological Survey, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Mt = million tonnes Percentages are rounded so might not add up to 100 exactly. 1 Australia 520 26 2.The primary use of iron ore is in the production of iron. Most of the iron produced is then used to make steel. Steel is used to make automobiles, locomotives, ships, beams used in buildings, furniture, paper clips, tools, reinforcing rods for concrete, bicycles, and thousands of other items.