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Global Zinc output falls on lower production in Australia, China, India

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LONDON (Scrap Register): Global zinc mine production declined by 2.4 percent year-on-year during the first half of this year mainly due to the lower production in Australia, China and India that more than offset a 5.6% rise in Europe, influenced by increases in Finland, Greece, Ireland and Serbia, according to the latest data released by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG).

A small 0.6% reduction in global usage of refined zinc metal was mainly influenced by decreases in apparent demand in South Africa, Taiwan (China), and the United States. In Europe, rises in Belgium, France and Poland were offset by reductions in Germany and Italy.

Higher refined zinc metal production in Belgium, Canada, China, Japan, Norway and Peru was partially balanced by decreases in India and the United States resulting in an overall rise globally of 2.1%.

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