The precious metal silver is hugely important to society due to its strong, ductile properties and its resistance to temperature variations. Globally, more than half of all silver produced goes to the electrical and electronics industries, while the jewelry industry is also an important end-user. Silver is also the metal that conducts heat and electricity best, which makes it invaluable in various applications. It is used for such things as electrical contacts, high-capacity batteries and electronic circuit boards in mobile phones and computers. It also plays a vital role in solar cells, aircraft, satellites and can be used to plate other materials.