Zinc

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003(P)

Figure 2.2. Development of global production and consumption of refined zinc (in Mt/year) in the period 1998-2003. Figures for 2003 projected. After SGU, 2002; 2003.

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003(P)

Figure 2.2. Development of global production and consumption of refined zinc (in Mt/year) in the period 1998-2003. Figures for 2003 projected. After SGU, 2002; 2003.

The three major zinc mining countries in the world are China, Australia and Peru, together covering almost 50% of the world production. Production of zinc from ores in Europe amounts only to slightly more than 1 Mt/year, but the European production of refined zinc is almost 3 times larger. Some of the biggest zinc refineries in the world are located in Europe (in Belgium, Finland, Norway and Spain). Among the major metals being examined in this report, zinc is the one that is used in highest volumes in Europe.

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