Zinc production from ores grew by 9.2% from 1999 to 2002 and reached a volume of 8.81 Mt, and appears to exhibit an accelerated growth in the early 2003. Production of refined zinc attained 9.24 Mt in 2001 and 9.60 Mt in 2002. However, the demand for refined zinc stagnated occasionally in 2001, at a level of just below 9 Mt, but after that, growth in consumption of refined zinc came back to the previous high rate (a growth rate of close to 6% between the first two months of 2002 and the same months of 2003) (SGU, 2003). The temporal trends in production and use of refined zinc in recent years are depicted in Figure 2.2.

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