Report on the outlook for by-product metals

Our review of the current state of, and outlook for, markets in metals which are extracted as by-products of copper, zinc, lead and nickel is now available.

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Study of By-Products of Lead, Zinc, Copper and Nickel and Directory 2015

On behalf of the Joint International Study Groups, Oakdene Hollins has completed its review of the current state of - and more importantly, the outlook for - the markets in metals which are currently extracted mainly as by-products of copper, zinc, lead and nickel.


The 338-page publication is now available to buy from the Joint Study Groups, and comes in two parts: a report and a directory.

The report covers the production, use, trade and the outlook for the by-product metals. It gives detailed information on common sources of by-product metals, refinery processes, recycling, markets, contracts, historic prices and pricing mechanisms, uses, government regulations, REACH status of compounds, government stockpiles and trade restrictions.

The information on bismuth, germanium, indium, cobalt, platinum group metals, scandium, molybdenum, rhenium, selenium, tellurium and rare earths is updated from the report written by Oakdene Hollins in 2012. This new report adds coverage of gallium, cadmium, gold, silver, arsenic and mercury.

The directory lists mining and producing companies and production capacity for each of the by-product metals. Statistical data is provided up to 2014, and data on expansion plans and forecasts are included.

For many of the metals, there is an appendix with information on market balances over a ten-year period.

The report, directory and market balances are available as a package, sent as one pdf file. Please click here to order your copy.

Simon Strick