According to GlobalData, the US is the world’s third-largest producer of lead, with output of 300kt in 2022, down by 0.79% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from the US decreased by a CAGR of 0.65% and is expected to drop by a CAGR of 0.11% 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.

The US accounts for 7% of global production, with the other largest producers being China (43%), Australia (10%), Mexico (6%) and Peru (5%). Exports of lead from the US declined by 0.75% to 294kt in 2022 over 2021, with the highest share being exported to China. the US’s lead exports are expected to drop at a CAGR of 0.1% between 2022 and 2026, to 293kt by 2026.

Leading producers of lead in the US are Teck Resources and Hecla Mining. Teck Resources's output was 97.40kt in 2021, down by 0.1% on 2020. Hecla Mining produced 35.86kt, an increase of 28% on the previous year.

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