Recent trends in world metal consumption

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This article is an analysis of world consumption of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc for the years 1985–1997. It is done to provide a comparison of what has happened over this period with the previously years and past forecasts in order to learn more about world metal consumption trends. The analysis begins by documenting the geographic trends of consumption of these metals for the above years by region and key individual countries. Then, variables based on the intensity‐of‐use hypothesis and the intensity‐of‐use technique are selected and tested against the observed consumption behavior. The results and their implications are discussed. The conclusion is that the metal consumption is very individual across countries and metals, depending on their particular situation, and changes readily over time.

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© 1999 Taylor and Francis. Publisher’s version of record: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14041049909362519

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Minerals & Energy - Raw Materials Report