Zinc’s Supply & Demand Equation Not Simple Math

May 06, 2015

 

 

Zinc End Uses

According to the International Zinc Association, the major use of zinc is for galvanizing, i.e., protecting steel from corrosion. Other significant uses include that in brass and bronze and in zinc-based alloys used in the die-casting industry.

 

Major Zinc End Uses

Major Zinc End Uses

Source: International Zinc Association

 

The Zinc Miners

At BMO’s 2015 Global Metals & Mining conference at the end of February this year, Nystar gave a presentation that included—using figures sourced from Wood Mackenzie’s global zinc long-term outlook Q4 2014 and Nystar itself—charts of the five-largest zinc smelting companies and five-largest zinc mining companies.

 

Five Largest Zinc Mining Companies ('000 Tonnes)

Five Largest Zinc Mining Companies

Source: Nyrstar

Five Largest Zinc Smelting Companies ('000 Tonnes)

Five Largest Zinc Smelting Companies

Source: Nyrstar

 

 

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