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Leading lead producers worldwide by production output 2019

This statistic lists selected lead producing companies worldwide in 2019, based on production volume. Vancouver-based mining company Teck Resources produced around 103,000 metric tons of lead that year.

The global lead market

Lead is a crucial component in many industrial processes. The main usage of lead is in battery production. As the importance of larger and more efficient batteries increase over the years, the value of lead has also grown. In 2017, roughly 80 percent of total lead consumption was for batteries. In 2019, the Republic of Korea was the leading lead exporter, with an export value of about 780 million U.S. dollars. During the same period, Australia exported lead and lead products worth about 610 million U.S. dollars as the second leading exporter.


Based in Baar, Switzerland, and founded in 1974, Glencore plc is a leading integrated producer and marketers of valuable commodities. Initially, the company started as a commodity trading unit, which over the years acquired various mining and commodity processing companies worldwide. The company’s portfolio contains zinc, copper, and lead processing and trading. Over the past decade, Glencore more than doubled its total revenue, generating over 215 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. In this period, the energy products and metals and minerals segments were the two main revenue streams of Glencore corporation. As one of the major lead processing companies, Glencore produced roughly 280,000 metric tons of lead in 2019.

Major lead producing companies worldwide in 2019, based on production volume

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Release date

May 2020



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Supplementary notes

Hindustan Zinc: Only includes refined lead; fiscal year ends on March 31; the figures refer to the fiscal year of 2017
BHP Billiton: The fiscal year ends on June 30; the value refers to payable metal in concentrate. * Doe Run: Total lead production; 2015 figure
Teck: The value refers to production contained in concentrate.

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