2018 World Silver Survey
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, January 7 2019, 23:50 - Permalink
Last year, for the fifth year in a row, the silver market recorded another deficit; this time of 26.0 Moz (810 t). Mine supply fell for the second consecutive year by 4% in 2017, following 13 consecutive annual increases prior to 2016. This was a result of years of Capex reductions in combination with supply disruptions, particularly in the Americas. With scrap supply contracting by 1% in combination with net-hedging of 1.4 Moz (44 t), total silver supply fell by 2% to just under one billion ounces.