New depths, new horizons: Potential new mines could arrest the industry's decline

Producing lead, zinc and tin involves recovering these metals from ore and scrap, and then refining them. The United Kingdom does not have any zinc mines and tin mining only recommenced in 2015, after the last mine closed in 1998. Lead mining in the United Kingdom is also relatively limited. Over the past five years, operators have generally purchased these metals on global markets and processed them into semi-manufactured goods like alloys, foil and wire. This makes the industry highly vulnerable to volatility in world markets, something from which operators are keen to insulate themselves wherever possible. Technological advances and recent exploratory digs seem to suggest that previously inaccessible or untapped domestic zinc and tin reserves could be more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Exports have benefited from the low value of the pound, supporting modest revenue growth
  • The industry has been supported by strong demand from the construction sector over the past five years
  • The UK’s exit from the European Union could prove problematic should barriers to trade be erected
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Prospective industry entrants face very high barriers to entering the industry, including a lack of local input. The mine output of lead is limited to a small volume of material extracted as a by-product of gold and fluorspar mining, tin production is still in its infancy as the only British tin mine reopened at the end of 2015, and there are no zinc mines at all. Becoming a lead, zinc or tin refiner would require either the purchase of an existing plant or the construction of a new refinery. The former option would depend on existing operators’ willingness to sell facilities, while the latter would require a prospective entrant to gain planning approval and persuade investors or bankers that new plants would be profitable...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • Access to secure revenues
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of lead and Downstream demand from manufacturing in the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry?

    Firms in this industry refine lead, zinc and tin, and recover these metals from scrap. They then produce unwrought, semi-manufactured products, including wire and foil.

    Industry Products
  • Refined unwrought lead
  • Lead plates, sheets and strips
  • Zinc and tin products
  • Alloys
  • Industry Activities
  • Producing lead, zinc and tin from ores
  • Salvaging lead, zinc and tin from scrap and refining it
  • Manufacturing basic lead, zinc and tin products
  • Producing wire and tinfoil
  • Producing alloys of lead, zinc and tin
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of lead
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Demand from residential building construction

  • Current Performance
  • Inputs and mining activity
  • Lead lined
  • Global demand
  • Improving efficiencies
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Solid demand
  • Trade flows
  • New ventures
  • Table: Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Supply
  • Machinery Repair & Maintenance
  • Mining, Quarrying & Construction Machinery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Refined unwrought lead
  • Lead plates, sheets and strips
  • Alloys
  • Zinc and tin products
  • Chart: Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Battery manufacturers
  • Construction firms
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciation and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Lead, Zinc & Tin Production

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Britannia Refined Metals Ltd, Eco-Bat Technologies Ltd,
  • Table: Britannia Refined Metals Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Eco-Bat Technologies Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Lead, Zinc & Tin Production Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A metallic compound that contains two or more metals.
  • Fluorspar
  • The mineral form of calcium fluoride, which has ornamental uses.
  • Lead Bullion
  • Smelted lead that contains some impurities and may also contain other metals such as silver.
  • Refining
  • The process of purification, which leaves the substance in a pure and usable form.
  • Unwrought Lead
  • Lead that has not been worked on or shaped.
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