Improved demand from domestic and global construction and strong export activity should promote growth for both copper and zinc. Both the copper and zinc mining industry is heavily tied to the market prices of its metals, leaving mine operators open to severe fluctuations in demand from refineries. A revival in downstream demand and the rising prices of zinc should contribute to industry growth over the next few years. Furthermore, the globalization of the industry will prove to be an increasingly important area for miners over this period as exports rise.
Just last week copper advanced to a four-month high and zinc touched a one-year high on signs that the Chinese and U.S. economies are recovering, boosting the outlook for demand in the world's two largest users. Aluminum, nickel, lead and tin also rose.