According to GlobalData, China is the world’s largest producer of lead, with output of 1,977kt in 2022, down by 0.73% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from China decreased by a CAGR of 0.5% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 1% between 2022 and 2026. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of this market in its Global Lead Mining to 2026 report. Buy the report here.
China accounts for 43% of global production, with the other largest producers being Australia (10%), the US (7%), Mexico (6%) and Peru (5%). Exports of lead from China declined by 30.64% to 1kt in 2022 over 2021. China’s lead exports are expected to drop at a CAGR of 1.06% between 2022 and 2026, to 1kt by 2026.
Leading producers of lead in China are Zijin Mining Group and Silvercorp Metals. Zijin Mining Group's output was 34.64kt in 2021, up by 5% on 2020. Silvercorp Metals produced 29.31kt, a decrease of 1% on the previous year.
For more detailed analysis of global lead mining, buy the report here.