Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The performance of the Copper, Lead and Zinc Refining industry is closely tied to fluctuations in the market price of these and other nonferrous metals. Despite the volatility of metal prices and deep revenue losses during the recession, industry revenue as a whole has increased over the past five years, thanks to mostly strong metal prices coming out of the recession. Over the next five years, industry revenue is set to grow marginally. Fluctuating, but generally declining copper prices will hamper revenue growth, although the drop will be offset to an extent by a recovering US construction sector, which is set to expand significantly in 2014 and beyond... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter
The Copper, Zinc and Lead Refining industry has faced challenging market conditions over the five years to 2013. Prices have fluctuated wildly, taking a substantial bite out of revenue in 2009. Improved conditions following the recession, coupled with increases in the price of copper and other industry metals, spurred double-digit growth in 2010 and 2011. The situation reversed again in 2012 due to crumbling prices of metals on the back of weak international demand.
The slowdown is expected to continue through 2013, as slow economic recovery is anticipated to result in further fall of copper, gold and silver prices. This, in turn, will result in revenue plummeting an estimated 10.2% during the year... purchase to read more