Lower production in Australia, Kazakhstan, Peru hit Global Lead mine output
NEW YORK (Scrap Register): Global lead mine production dropped by nearly one percent during the first nine months of this year mainly due to lower output in Australia, Kazakhstan, Peru, South Africa and the United States that more than offset increases in Europe, India and Morocco, according to the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG).
Refined global lead metal output remained stable compared to the first nine months of 2017, mainly influenced by rises in Australia, India and the United States, that balanced decreases in Canada, China, Germany, Italy and Poland.
A 0.6% fall in global usage was primarily a consequence of reductions in Japan, Korea Rep., Mexico and the United States.
In Europe, a modest 0.3% rise was mainly influenced by increases in apparent usage in Austria, Italy and Poland that were partially offset by reductions in the Czech Republic and France.