Lead and Zinc Outlook for 2009 and 2010 by ProQuest

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In 2010, a predicted increase of 7.4% will be driven primarily by the commissioning of new plants in Brazil and India and higher production in China, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. ILZSG anticipates that there will be a surplus in the world refined lead metal market of 80,000 mt in 2009 and just over 100,000 mt in 2010. A forecast 5.4% fall in global zinc mine output to 11.08 million mt this year is due to a number of cutbacks and closures mostly implemented at the end of last year.

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