Industry Trend Analysis - Mining - Weekly Projects Round-Up & Developments - AUG 2016


The US lead mining industry will see steady declines in production, as low lead prices and tightening environmental regulations weigh on producers' profit margins over the coming years.

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s mining sector will attract increasing amounts of foreign investment in the coming years, especially from China, thanks to low production costs and high quality minerals.

  • Chinese nickel mine production growth will slow over the next few years on the back of poor demand from the domestic steel industry as the government's housing stimulus loses steam in 2017.

  • Outward Bound Ores, Incoming Refined
    US - Refined Lead Imports & Lead Ores Exports ('000 tonnes)
    Source: Trade Map

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