Zinc’s Supply & Demand Equation Not Simple Math

May 06, 2015



Individual Zinc-Producing Countries


The country’s major zinc-producing provinces are Guangxi, Hunan, Inner Mongolia and Yunnan.


In northwest Queensland, the Century mine, operated by MMG Limited, is currently one of the largest zinc-producing mines in the world. Other mines in Australia include Glencore’s McArthur River mine in the Northern Territory and its Mount Isa mine, also in northwest Queensland.


Most of Peru’s zinc is mined in the Andean Ancash region in the north of the country.


Currently, the largest mining operation in the country is the Red Dog mine in Alaska, a joint venture between Teck and NANA Regional Corp.—an Alaska Native Regional corporation formed in 1971 under the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act. (The mine accounts for the majority of the country’s zinc mine production.) Nyrstar’s East Tennessee Zinc Complex in Jefferson and Knox counties is the country’s second-largest zinc-producing operation.


Alongside the Red Dog mine in Alaska, the Rampura-Agucha mine, located in the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan in India, is one of the largest sources of zinc in the world. The mine is owned and operated by Hindustan Zinc, majority owned by Vedanta Resources and the Indian government.


Chihuahua and Durango in the north, Guerrero in the south and Zacatecas in the center, are Mexico’s largest zinc-producing states, with the country’s largest zinc mine located near the international border on the Chihuahua side of the Sierra Madre Occidental.


The largest zinc mining operation in Kazakhstan is that of Kazzinc, owned by Glencore. The company’s main zinc operations are in the East-Kazakhstan region of the country, with the Maleevsky mine in the Zyrianovsk complex and the Tishinsky mine in the Ridder complex accounting for the majority of the company’s mine output.


Mines producing zinc in Canada are to be found in British Columbia, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon.


The country’s two zinc mines are the Tara mine at Navan, Europe’s largest zinc mine, and the Lisheen mine in County Tipperary.

It is worth noting that, although its zinc production is broken out in U.S. Geological Survey figures, but not in those of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group, Bolivia is also a sizable producer of zinc. The leading zinc-producing mine is the San Cristóbal mine, in Potosí Department in southwestern Bolivia, operated by Sumitomo.



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