According to GlobalData, China is the world’s largest producer of zinc, with output of 4,122kt in 2022, down by 0.3% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from China decreased by a CAGR of 2.6% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 0.04% between 2022 and 2026. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of this market in its Global Zinc Mining to 2026 report. Buy the report here.

China accounts for 33% of global production, with the other largest producers being Peru (12%), Australia (10%), India (6%) and Mexico (6%). Exports of zinc from China increased by 6% to 0.34kt in 2022 over 2021. China’s zinc exports are expected to drop at a CAGR of 0.74% between 2022 and 2026, to 0.33kt by 2026.

Leading producers of zinc in China are Zijin Mining Group and Silvercorp Metals. Zijin Mining Group's output was 198.28kt in 2021, up by 16% on 2020. Silvercorp Metals produced 12.42kt, an increase of 3% on the previous year.

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