Davis Index: Market Intelligence for the Global Metals and Recycled Materials Markets

US zinc secondary alloys prices continued to decline on Tuesday amid drops in the LME Zinc market and the threat of reduction in automotive production due to a shortage of semiconductors. 


The official LME Zinc cash offers closed Tuesday at $1.2025/lb slightly down from $1.2029/lb last week. The official three-month LME Zinc contract fell by $2/mt from last week, closing Tuesday at $2,673/mt from $2,675/mt on Jan 19.


The weekly Davis Index for Zamak #2 fell by 1.1¢/lb to $1.435/lb delivered US consumer. Zamak #5 reduced by a penny to $1.422/lb delivered, while both Zamak #3 and Zamak #7 declined by 1¢/lb to $1.406/lb delivered on Tuesday.


The weekly index for ZA 8 declined by 1.6¢/lb to $1.45/lb while ZA 12 fell by 1.3¢/lb to $1.473/lb delivered US consumer. The index for ZA 27 decreased, the least of all grades again falling by 0.6¢/lb to $1.501/lb delivered.


Business in the secondary zinc alloys market remains stable. However, producers are wary about a potential disruption in automobile manufacturing as the shortage of semi-conductors continues across the world. A decrease in auto production could likely reduce demand for zinc alloys and pull prices down further. For now, buyers are benefiting from the lower prices and picking up volumes.

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