As can be seen from the data published by the Federal Service of State Statistics, the volume of the release of untreated zinc in Russia in the first half of this year fell by 6.1% compared to the same period of 2012. It is only for the month of June 2013 compared with June 2012, production of this metal in the country decreased by 13.2%, as compared to May 2013 — decreased by 11.2%.
Meanwhile, the zinc market operators believe that the production of the metal in the near future (despite the stagnation of industry as a whole) will be in a good position in terms of profitability. Recall that according to the forecasts of experts «Research and Markets», in the next five years, the global zinc market is expected to grow by 4.4%, which — if you believe the International Bureau of Market Research professionals — will increase the resource cost. According to analysts' estimates «R & M» in 2018 the capacity of the metal market will reach 34.4 billion. Dollars. According to the used in the construction of the report to analysts, the growing demand for zinc for the production of galvanized steel, as well as the ever-increasing demand for die-cast zinc and zinc alloys for mechanical engineering and automotive industries, lead to increased investment in the development of the production infrastructure and the production of this metal. However, manufacturers expect and difficulties. Experts connect them with increasing costs for electricity and the need to constantly reduce costs and improve product quality in the face of fierce competition in the market.
Earlier it was reported that at the beginning of this year, a surplus of zinc decreased significantly in the world markets. Thus, in January-May 2013 — According to «International Lead and Zinc Study Group» — a surplus of the metal in the world was estimated at 38 thousand tons, while in the same period last year the figure was 152 thousand tons… At the same time — according to statistics — in the first five months of 2013 production of refined zinc reached 5.383 million tonnes, while consumption amounted to 5.345 million tons…
Using the positive dynamics of the zinc market, some countries are now increasing their production volumes of metal. For example, in Peru — in May this year (compared to May last year) — the resource issue increased by 14.89% and reached 120.239 tonnes figures… In total for the first five months of 2013 there were produced 567.79 thousand. Tons of zinc (which is 7.22% higher than the figures for January-May 2012). In turn, according to the US Geological Survey, the country only for the month of April 2013 compared with April 2012, increased zinc production by 17%. On an average day in the country produces 2.1 thousand. Tons of metal, and by the end of the month production reached 63.2 thousand. Tonnes.