Worldwide Silver Mine Manufacturing Drops in 2016 for 1st Time in 14 Years

Silver’s Use in Solar Sector Surged 34 %, Posts New Record

(New York City – Might eleven, 2017) Global silver mine manufacturing in 2016 recorded its 1st decline since 2002, largely the result of reduce by-merchandise output from the lead/zinc and gold sectors.  Coupled with less silver scrap provide to the market, which posted its lowest degree because 1996, as effectively as a contraction in producer hedging, total silver provide decreased by 32.six million ounces (Moz) in 2016.  Moreover, new highs were recorded for silver’s use in the photovoltaic and ethylene oxide sectors, the two growing and important industrial applications for silver.  These findings, and other key parts of the silver industry, are discussed in Planet Silver Survey 2017, launched right now by the Silver Institute and produced on its behalf by the GFMS Staff at Thomson Reuters (GFMS).

Silver Supply

International silver mine production declined by .six percent in 2016 to a complete of 885.8 Moz.  A massive proportion of the drop was attributable to the lead/zinc and gold sectors, exactly where production dipped by a combined 15.9 Moz.  On a regional basis, Mexico registered the greatest drop in manufacturing last year, followed by Australia and Argentina, but these losses have been partially offset by gains in Central and South America and Asia.  Even so, Mexico was once again the world’s largest silver creating country, followed by Peru, China, Chile and Russia.

Primary silver mine production grew by one percent to comprehend thirty % of total silver mine output last yr. Lead/zinc mines contributed 35 percent of 2016 by-item output, followed by copper mines at 23 % and gold mining at twelve %.

Silver scrap supply fell to 139.seven Moz in 2016, a level not seen since 1996, in spite of higher silver charges.  The contraction was largely driven by lower Asian flows, due in component to reduce industrial fabrication volumes.  Scrap supply from the industrialized planet was also muted, as partial jumps in flows from the United Kingdom and Europe in standard, offset falls in North America and Japan.

In other regions of silver supply, GFMS reviews that once again government product sales of silver were essentially non-existent final yr, even though in 2016, delta-adjusted silver hedging by producers contracted by 18.4 Moz.

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Published at Thu, eleven Might 2017 23:40:42 +0000

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