Before joining the Investing News Network as senior editor, Andrew was an editor at MINING.com, a mining and mineral exploration blog covering the global mining industry and commodities markets. With a background in newspaper and trade magazine reporting, Andrew has written for the Black Press newspaper chain in British Columbia, Business in Vancouver and Baum Publications, where he edited magazines on construction and environmental technology. Andrew also has experience in transportation logistics, having worked at the Port of Vancouver and for Korean shipping giant Hanjin. He studied journalism and political science, and earned a Master's degree from the London School of Economics. In his spare time Andrew enjoys cooking, playing squash and travel.
The average iPhone user may not realize that tin, used in solder to manufacture tiny electronic components, is sourced predominantly from Indonesia, where safety regulations are lax and miners regularly die at illegal operations. Recent changes to the US Conflict Minerals Act target minerals sourced in Africa, not Indonesia, providing a loophole for companies that buy tin.