Lead and Zinc

Lead and Zinc

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Lead has come under attack from environmental legislation, but the lead industry is far from pessimistic about its prospects. Demand for lead for SLI batteries is rising, along with growth in new car demand in Eastern Europe, China, the rest of the Far East and Latin America, while in the developed world the demand for replacement SLI batteries is a constant and growing feature. Over 80% of all the lead now used in the US is for the production of lead-acid batteries. Global zinc mine output is expected to rise by 4.2% to 9Mt in 2001: this is mainly as a consequence of increased output at the Lisheen mine in Ireland, additions to capacity in Mexico and Peru, and a further rise in output at the many small mines spread throughout China. However, these rises will be partially balanced by reductions in Canada, Japan, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Up-to-date, in-depth research and analysis to make you an authority on the world's major nickel markets This report examines these two closely-related metals individually, analysing the key issues for the future including the impact of developments in the environmental arena and the recycling marketplace. Some key findings of this report Several new zinc-producing mines in Australia will also yield significant amounts of lead, including Pillara , Century and George Fisher which will produce 34, 000tpy, 45, 000tpy and 100, 000tpy of contained lead respectively. A forecast rise of 2.9% to 3.03 million tonnes resulted in global lead mine output exceeding 3Mt for the first time in 2001. In the Western World, output increased by 2.2% to 2.27Mt. The automotive industry is currently one of the most important consumers of zinc and is set to remain so while steel remains the basic material of car manufacturing. Galvanised steel housing is said by some commentators to be the fastest growing market for zinc in the world. The battery sector is also increasingly important, with the prospect of new products coming onto the market in the next few years. Batteries now account for around 73% of Western World demand for lead, up from just over 50% in 1985. This share is forecast to rise to 80% by 2010, driven mainly by growth in demand from motor vehicles.A study by the university predicts that the number of pure electric vehicles in service will inch from zero in 1997 to 2% in 2007, but even ... A battery pack for a Ford Ranger EV costs more than $30000, and Ford sells the truck for only $32795. ... were launched in the USA, Europe and Japan, following on from announcements made by leading automobile producers in 1999. ... NiCd was developed in the latter part of the 1940s and met the requirements of portable equipment users upanbsp;...

Title:Lead and Zinc
Author:Nnamdi Anyadike
Publisher:Woodhead Publishing - 2002


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