Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
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 modern tin mining only commenced in 2015. Lead mining in the United Kingdom is also relatively limited. Over the past five years, operators purchased these metals on global markets and processed them into semi-manufactured goods like alloys, foil and wire. This makes the industry 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 reached. This could revolutionise the industry in the near future... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter
The Lead, Zinc and Tin Production industry has shrunk over the past five years, as a result of the volatility of global metal prices and fluctuating downstream demand. The industry is highly concentrated, with only about 20 companies operating in the industry, out of which the largest four are expected to generate 78.3% of the industry's revenue in 2016-17. Industry revenue is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 7.2% over the five years through 2016-17 to total £593.8 million. During the current year, industry revenue is forecast to contract by 0.6% as lead prices remain subdued on global markets.
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