Zinc raw material threatens to be undersupplied in current year
Leading zinc producers curb production as energy costs have risen enormously.
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While a surplus was initially assumed for 2021, demand ultimately exceeded supply when the year as a whole is considered. High energy prices are making the production of zinc unprofitable in some cases, as zinc production is very energy intensive. The supply situation is therefore tight. In January 2022, the zinc price has firmed up. News of production line closures or cutbacks has already been increasing since the third quarter of 2021, for example in Europe. It is estimated that smelter capacities of around 595,000 tons of zinc have been shut down across Europe in recent months. Further production declines are imminent.
Glencore, for example, announced in November 2021 that it would put lead-zinc production in Italy, at Portovesme, on hold. Zinc producer Nyrstar is doing the same in France, Auby. Two other Nyrstar production sites in Europe are cutting production in half. Caused by high energy prices, losses have to be averted and zinc prices are therefore expected to rise. Added to this is the problem of supply chains that are not running perfectly. In addition, there is the risk that the Portovesme and Auby smelters will remain idle for a longer period. At the same time, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group forecasts that global demand for refined zinc will rise to 14.09 million tons this year and 14.41 million tons in 2023. So that's the time to look at zinc companies, even though refinery shutdowns could lead to more hesitant declines in crude production at times. In the long term, the outlook seems very good. That's where companies like Griffin Mining and Osisko Metals come in.
Griffin Mining - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uFCyHCv-zs - has an 88.8 percent stake in the producing Caijiaying zinc-gold mine in China, making it China's largest zinc producer.
Osisko Metals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_znAPvgkYvM - takes care of base metals and controls the large Pine Point zinc mining area in the Northwest Territories.
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