Production, consumption and external trade is presented in a matrix for a single year. The flow charts track the mine and metal production and exports of primary and secondary metals throughout the world. Detailed analyses are included for all major producing and consuming countries with a complete schedule of exports by country or destination shown for each country.
The data is provided by in Excel format.
Data is researched and gathered from a pool of resources, including companies, government statistics and press reports. Trade data are a valuable source of information; the latest available statistics are collected direct from national customs for almost 120 countries.
Reported production by plants is compared with nationally reported data. Material flows and balances are calculated to ensure that the data are internally consistent.
Detailed usage is rarely provided by government agencies and so apparent consumption is calculated to produce a surrogate for reported demand.
The publisher liaises regularly with other statistical agencies, international study groups and trade associations to keep up with changes in the industry structure.
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