The Standing Committee of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) met recently in Lisbon. During the meeting, the committee received a review of the 2019 outlook for trends in world supply and demand for lead and zinc.
After declining by a marginal 0.2% in 2018, global demand for refined lead is anticipated to rise by 1.2% this year to 11.87 million metric tons (mt). This will mainly be a consequence of increases in usage in India, Japan and the Republic of Korea that are expected to more than offset a reduction in China of 1.1%. Usage of lead metal in the United States is expected to grow by 1.1% and in Europe by 1.8%, influenced by rises in France and Italy.
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