China, the worlds largest zinc user, expanded consumption 22% in January to 2,35,000 tonne. The nation is using more corrosion-resistant, zinc-coated steel in construction and cars production. Zinc prices have almost doubled in the past year, and reached a record on March 27 on the LME. Usage in the US, the No 2 zinc consumer, jumped 28% to 1,11,000 tonne while European consumption gained 8% to 2,30,000 tonne. Zinc output in China, also the worlds largest producer, rose 27% to 2,29,000 tonne. Global production rose 6% to 8,81,000 tonne.Zinc for delivery in three months on the LME was $34 or 1.3%, lower at $2,590 a tonne as of 12:53 PM local time.