Zinc mines in China: characteristics and cost drivers
China is the world’s largest producer of zinc in concentrate accounting for 40% of global supply. Typically, low labour wages, consumable and freight costs give Chinese zinc miners an advantage over their counterparts in the rest of the world. However, most mines in China are very small and have poor productivity which coupled with higher power costs means that these advantages are frequently offset. In this insight we have compared some of the key characteristics of Chinese mines to their counterparts in the rest of the world.