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Global zinc consumption 2004-2019

This statistic represents the global consumption of zinc metal between 2004 and 2019. In 2019, approximately 13.7 million metric tons of the base metal were consumed worldwide.

Global zinc production

Zinc is processed from zinc ore and releases sulfuric acid during the production process, which is widely used in a wide range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to paper bleaching. The production of final zinc metal is a complex process involving various stages with the end goal of separating the pure zinc from the zinc ore. While difficult, the high lucrativeness of zinc production attracts large multinational firms to compete in the zinc market. Since 2004, the global production of zinc metal has increased, reaching over 13.4 million metric tons in 2019. During 2019, China, Peru, and Australia were the leading three countries for zinc mine production, with over seven million metric tons of combined production. In China, the zinc production volume has declined over the past few years.

Zinc consumption

As a valuable metal, zinc is used in galvanizing, zinc alloying, brass, bronze, and more, making the metal an attractive opportunity for businesses. Globally, galvanizing is the major end-use of zinc. Between 2012 and 2019, the consumption of refined zinc grew somewhat steadily, reaching over 13.7 million tons. Globally, the total zinc production was roughly equal to the total zinc demand over this period.

Global consumption of refined zinc from 2004 to 2019

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Source

Release date

May 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2004 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures prior to 2014 are taken from the same source.

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