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ILZSG: World supply and demand for lead and the outlook for 2013

ILZSG: World supply and demand for lead and the outlook for 2013

The International Lead and Zinc Study Group held its Fifty-seventh Session in Lisbon, Portugal from 11-12 October 2012. The Session included a meeting of the Study Group’s Statistical and Forecasting Committee to review the current levels of world supply and demand for lead and zinc and the outlook for 2013.   Forecasts | Lead Outlook for 2012 and 2013   Usage Global demand for refined lead metal is forecast to rise by 3.4% to 10.80 million tonnes in 2012 and a further 3.3% to 11.15 million tonnes in 2013. In China, lead-acid battery production and exports have recovered strongly after the wide-ranging environmentally motivated cutbacks in 2011 and lead metal usage is expected to grow by 4.8% this year and 4.7% in 2013. Despite a small downturn in shipments of replacement automotive lead-acid batteries, it is anticipated that demand for lead metal in the United States will increase by 3.9% in 2012 principally driven by growth in the original equipment and industrial battery sectors. However, only a limited rise in usage of 0.6% is anticipated in 2013. European demand is expected to be negatively affected by declining automotive sales and to remain flat in 2012 before increasing by 1.2% in 2013.   Supply It is anticipated that world lead mine production will rise by 10.9% to 5.21 million tonnes in 2012 and by 2.8% to 5.36 million tonnes in 2013. These increases are almost entirely due to the further expansion of production in China with output in the rest of the world forecast to be relatively stable as rises in Mexico, Peru and the Russian Federation are largely offset by a... read more
World Industrial Truck Statistics (WITS) 2009-2011

World Industrial Truck Statistics (WITS) 2009-2011

The 2012 World Industrial Truck Statistics (WITS) give an overview of figures for 2011, showing a world market growth of over 27%. The main growth came from America, followed by Europe and then Asia, so growth returned to the old world. The distribution over classes was nearly the same as in 2010 so there was no structural change in the world market level.     WITS is a worldwide statistical reporting program tracking Orders and Shipments of Industrial Trucks across the globe. Six trade groups report Monthly and Quarterly Statistics on forklift trucks to produce the WITS Reports: ABIMAQ –Associacao Brasileira de la Maquinas e Equipamentos (Brazil) CITA – China Industrial Truck Association FEM IT – European Federation of Materials Handling (Europe), Product Group Industrial Trucks ITA – Industrial Truck Association (North America) JIVA – Japanese Industrial Vehicles Association KOCEMA – Korean Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association   The following categories are used in the reporting program: Class 1 – Electric Rider Trucks – Counterbalanced Class 2 – Electric Warehouse Rider Trucks Class 3 – Electric Warehouse Pedestrian Trucks Classes 4 and 5 – Internal Combustion Trucks, Cushion and Pneumatic Tires, Counterbalanced     Source: http://www.fem-eur.com/index.php/news/en/nid=167/ ... read more
Global UPS market

Global UPS market

According to recent quarterly tracker results of the global UPS market from IMS Research, year-over-year growth slowed to 5% in Q4 2011 following three consecutive quarters of double digit growth. As part of its ongoing UPS market analysis, IMS Research shows 2011 revenues roughly in line with what was forecast. The year started out relatively strongly, ending with a nearly 12 point gain year-to-date over 2010. However, fourth quarter’s sales slumped and this is a trend likely to continue rather than be just a seasonal slowdown in the market. America’s UPS sales performed as projected in 2011, with mid-range and large UPS sales growing faster than single-phase UPS. 2012 growth rates for the region are forecast to be soft, as North America’s economy is still a risk despite recent more upbeat news. Strained budgets and uncertain future investments are consequences of the US’s financial woes. While Latin America’s market is projected to show double-digit growth, the market size is only a quarter of that of the US. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) also saw faster growing sales in the mid-range to large UPS after being flat in 2010, though favorable currency exchange helped the situation to some extent. Unfortunately, EMEA’s signs of improvement appear to be short-lived, as problems with economic stability continue and the region slides back into recession. IMS Research market analyst Lori Lewis explains, “Europe’s financial health has been very dependent on the outcome of the European debt crisis. Since there have been no resolutions to the problems and many countries are faced with credit rating downgrades, it is likely that EMEA’s UPS market... read more
Global Consumer Batteries Market to Reach $55.4 Billion by 2017

Global Consumer Batteries Market to Reach $55.4 Billion by 2017

The global market for Consumer Batteries is forecast to reach $55.4 billion by the year 2017. Rising popularity of portable electronic devices; growing adoption of rechargeable batteries; increase in consumer income levels, specifically in emerging markets; ever-increasing end-use device markets; and growing popularity of Lithium polymer batteries in applications such as mobile phones; are the key factors driving growth in the global consumer batteries market. The global battery market is forecast to exhibit steady growth through 2017. Global economic growth in future would encourage the global demand for primary and secondary consumer batteries. Additionally, the increase in consumer incomes would also drive the demand for high-performance batteries and battery-enabled consumer devices. Growing popularity of portable electronic devices, such as camera phones, digital cameras, and portable computing devices, is fueling the demand for consumer batteries, especially in the Asian region. China is expected to emerge as the single largest and fastest growing market for consumer batteries, recording gains led by strong economic growth, increasing per capita income, continued industrialization efforts, and solid demand for battery-enabled consumer electronic products. The same factors are expected to drive the demand for consumer batteries in other developing regions, including India, where growth is expected to be particularly robust, and also in South Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Poland, and Argentina, where growth is likely to exceed the global averages. The US, Europe, and Japan are relatively mature markets, and are forecast to grow moderately through 2017. Though mature, these markets would continue to be of major interest to battery manufacturers, as they together would account for a lion’s share of the global consumer batteries market by... read more