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Chinese smelting the key risk for the zinc price

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12 June 2014

Chinese smelting the key risk for the zinc price

Report summary

In recent weeks many commentators have singled the zinc out as being vulnerable to the correction that is under way in China's housing market. However,the key factor that will influence the Chinese and wider global zinc market over the near to medium term will be the behaviour of China's smelting sector and the consequence of this behaviour on the supply and demand balance for concentrates and refined metal

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Profitability
  • Falling grades and environmental enforcement constrain mine production in some provinces
  • Housing slowdown
  • Conclusion

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This report includes 9 images and tables including:

  • Chinese smelting the key risk for the zinc price: Table 1
  • China
  • ROW
  • Chinese mine production contracts over first four months of 2014
  • Housing starts growth plunges
  • But floor space starts still well above 2008-2009 levels
  • China first-use zinc consumption
  • China end-use consumption
  • Chinese smelting the key risk for the zinc price: Table 2

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