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Global zinc long-term outlook Q3 2015

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Report summary

The Global Zinc Metal Market Long-term Outlook provides the latest update of detailed supply and demand analysis and price forecasts for the zinc market out to 2035. In the medium to long term, the key issue is whether the zinc mining industry will be able to develop sufficient new mine capacity to offset scheduled mine closures and the incremental increase in global demand. This structural issue could be exacerbated by the recent retreat in the zinc price which will make raising the funds to develop new mines more difficult and increases the risk of the unplanned near-term closure of existing zinc mines owing to poor profitability.

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    Demand main changes zinc LTO Q3 2015.xls

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    Demand analysis zinc LTO Q3 2015.xls

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    Production rankings zinc LTO Q3 2015.xls

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    Equity Production zinc LTO Q3 2015.xls

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    Mine analysis zinc LTO Q3 2015.xls

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    Smelter analysis zinc LTO Q3 2015.xls

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    Market balance and prices zinc LTO Q3 2015.xls

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    Supply-demand balances

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This report includes 39 images and tables including:


  • Global slab zinc consumption by region
  • Zinc's intensity of use to decline in long-term
  • Exchange stocks and price
  • Zinc metal and concentrate stock cycle (kt Zn)
  • LME cash zinc prices and base case forecast 1960- 2030
  • Non-residential construction to become more important but growth will be muted in medium term
  • Chinese fixed asset investment in infrastructure still growing strongly
  • Galvanized sheet production growth slows in 2015
  • Chinese end use dominated by construction sector
  • Chinese per capita consumption will not track Japan and South Korea
  • Mexico's importance as an automaker forecast to grow at the expense of the US
  • Galvanized sheet imports meet boost to demand from rising non-residential construction spending
  • Global first use consumption for zinc
  • Global zinc consumption by end use


  • Global slab zinc consumption by region
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 2
  • China dominates global zinc consumption for forecast period
  • World capability forecasts by region and global market adjustment
  • African zinc mine production
  • Asian zinc mine production
  • European zinc mine production
  • Latin American zinc mine production
  • Supply: Table 6
  • Supply: Table 7
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