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Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/31/2014 -- Synopsis

The 'Global Zinc Mining to 2020' report comprehensively covers historical and forecast data on global zinc mine production to 2020, production by major countries and reserves by grade and geographic region, historic and forecast refined zinc consumption and zinc prices. The report also includes drivers and restraints affecting the industry, profiles of major zinc mining companies and information on the major global active, exploration and development projects.

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Executive summary

Total world zinc reserves amounted to 250.5 million tonnes (Mt) at end of 2013. Australia, China, Peru, Mexico, India, the US and Kazakhstan collectively had 72% of total zinc ore reserves at the end of 2013. Global zinc mine production was 13.7Mt in 2013, up by 1% from 2012. China, Australia, Peru, India, the US, Mexico and Canada contributed 76.8% of the total zinc mine production in 2013.


The report contains an overview of the global zinc mining industry together with the key growth factors and restraints affecting the industry. It also provides information about reserves, production, consumption, prices, competitive landscape and major global active, exploration and development projects.

Key highlights

China was the biggest contributor, with 37.2% of total zinc mine production in 2013. The main producing provinces in China are Hunan, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Guangxi and Inner Mongolia, which together contribute around 70% of the country’s total production.

Over the forecast period (2014–2020), world zinc mine production is projected to fall to 13.2Mt in 2020 while global zinc consumption which was 13.2Mt in 2013 and up by 7.4% compared to 2012, is expected to reach 16.8Mt in 2020.

A lack of investment in large-scale projects, the exhaustion of large operating mines and a gradual recovery of the global economy are expected to push the global zinc market into a state of pronounced deficit and apply upward pressure on prices.

Upcoming zinc projects are mainly owned by small-scale companies, which account for 40% of global zinc production. There are nine projects, with combined reserves of 334.3Mt, scheduled to commence operations during 2014–2016.

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 The Global Zinc Mining Industry
2.1 Overview
2.2 Global Zinc Mining – Drivers
2.3 Global Zinc Mining – Restraints

3 Global Zinc Mining – Reserves, Production and Consumption
3.1 Reserves by Grades and Geographic Regions
3.2 Historical and Forecast Production
3.2.1 Total production by country
3.3 Zinc Prices
3.4 Total Production by Major Mines
3.5 Total Production by Mining Type
3.6 Major Exploration and Development Projects
3.7 Global Zinc Consumption
3.8 Demand Drivers
3.8.1 Increasing demand from advanced and emerging nations, and by end use

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