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Global zinc short-term outlook December 2016

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Report summary

This year's price strength has been driven by zinc's improving fundamentals. Evidence of the tight conditions in the concentrate market and expectations that the market will remain tight next year appeared this month from a spate of mine tenders which resulted in at least 350kt of concentrate of various qualities being sold at treatment charges of $9-56/t CIF to China, Japan, S. Korea and Europe with deliveries scheduled throughout 2017 and, in some cases, into 2018.

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This report includes 24 images and tables including:


  • Zinc is the star performer of 2016
  • Spot treatment charges approach record lows
  • Cash to three months spreads
  • Spot premiums
  • Price and stock movements during 2006 and 2007 demonstrate how quickly the zinc market can develop
  • Fixed asset investment in infrastructure decelerates, but private sector gains momentum
  • Japanese automotive and brass sectors in long-term decline
  • Base and realised Chinese domestic TCs
  • Chinese smelter revenues from imported concentrate have fallen in 2016
  • Chinese sources of concentrate imports


  • Executive summary: Table 1
  • Galvanized sheet and metallic coated sheet production
  • Key indicators of zinc consumption
  • Treatment charges $/t of concentrate
  • Concentrate Balances
  • Supply: Table 3
  • Supply: Table 4
  • Supply: Table 5
  • Supply: Table 6
  • Supply: Table 7
  • Supply: Table 8
  • Supply: Table 9
  • Supply: Table 10
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1

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