Silver lining: Industry revenue is projected to rise due to growth in output and exports

Revenue for the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining industry has declined over the past five years, due to volatile zinc, lead and silver prices and production volumes. Industry revenue is expected to decrease at an annualised 2.0% over the five years through 2017-18. However, revenue is expected to grow by 2.8% in the current year, to reach $4.4 billion, reflecting higher zinc and lead ore prices due to greater global demand. Silver production volumes and prices have declined over the past five years, as downstream companies using silver in manufacturing processes have turned to substitute metals or reduced demand. Domestic lead output volumes have decreased over the past five years, as higher output from China has reduced demand for Australian more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A high proportion of industry zinc and silver output is exported in the form of concentrates
  • South Korea and China have remained the major destinations for exported ore and concentrate
  • Demand for zinc from China and South Korea is anticipated to continue growing
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Silver, lead and zinc production is heavily concentrated in Queensland, followed by Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania. The industry's geographic spread reflects the location of metal ore resources. Typically, lower cost resources are developed first. Queensland has grown in industry importance, reflecting continued mine expansions there and the closure of some operations in Western Australia and other parts of Australia over the past five years. Queensland is projected to account for 34.4% of industry establishments and 58.5% of revenue in the current year.Major mines in Queensland include Glencore's Mount Isa operation and South32's Cannington mine, both of which produce lead, silver and zinc in varying proportions. Sev...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry are

  • Availability of resource
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from copper, silver, lead and zinc smelting and refining and World price of zinc in the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry?

    Industry firms mainly mine silver, lead or zinc ores. Firms also carry out beneficiation, which involves processing ores into ore concentrate.

    Industry Products
  • Zinc ore and concentrate
  • Lead ore and concentrate
  • Silver ore and concentrate
  • Industry Activities
  • Lead ore mining
  • Silver ore mining
  • Zinc ore mining
  • Silver, lead and zinc ore beneficiation processes
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from copper, silver, lead and zinc smelting and refining
  • World price of zinc
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • Demand from metal and mineral wholesaling
  • World price of lead
  • World price of silver

  • Current Performance
  • Volatile industry
  • Employment and production
  • International trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry expansion
  • Demand drivers
  • Local production
  • Export growth
  • Table: Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Copper, Silver, Lead and Zinc Smelting and Refining

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Contract Mining Services
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Mining and Industrial Machinery Wholesaling
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Zinc ore and concentrate
  • Silver ore and concentrate
  • Lead ore and concentrate
  • Chart: Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Domestic smelting and refining firms
  • Exports to South Korea
  • Exports to China
  • Other exports
  • Exports to Japan
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Glencore Holdings Pty Limited, South32 Limited, MMG Limited, CBH Resources Limited,
  • Table: Glencore Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: South32 Limited - financial performance
  • Table: MMG Limited - financial performance
  • Table: CBH Resources Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining 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 Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore Mining Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Zinc Ore and Concentrate (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A basic process that improves the ore content prior to additional refining and smelting processes.
  • Concentrate
  • An extremely fine, powder-like product containing the valuable ore mineral from which some of the waste mineral has been eliminated.
  • Underground Mining
  • Ore extraction via a series of tunnels. Crushing facilities may also be located underground.
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