The World’s Biggest Zinc Producers
- Hindustan Zinc (India) – 840kt.
- Glencore Xstrata (Switzerland) – 1,090kt.
- Nexa Resources S.A. (Brazil) – 570kt.
- Boliden (Sweden) – 500kt.
- Shaanxi Nonferrous Metals (China) – 404kt.
- Teck (Canada) – 295kt.
- China Minmetals Corp.
- Noranda Income Fund (Canada) – 265kt.
Who produces the most zinc?
The World’s Highest Zinc Producers
- China is the world’s leader in the production of zinc and has remained in the top position for over a decade.
- Peru is the world’s second largest producer of zinc.
- Australia is one of the world’s major zinc producers, generating about 20% of the world’s zinc.
Where is zinc found most in the world?
Zinc is not found in its pure elemental form, but is found in minerals in the Earth’s crust where it is about the 24th most abundant element. Small traces of zinc can be found in ocean water and the air. Minerals that are mined for zinc include sphalerite, smithsonite, hemimorphite, and wurtzite.
What country does zinc come from?
Zinc is the 24th most abundant element in Earth’s crust and has five stable isotopes. The most common zinc ore is sphalerite (zinc blende), a zinc sulfide mineral. The largest workable lodes are in Australia, Asia, and the United States.
Where is zinc mined in the US?
Red Dog Mine, Alaska. In 2014, 609,000 metric tons of zinc, 78 percent of US mined zinc production, and 4.6 percent of world zinc production, came from the Red Dog mine in northern Alaska, which was the world’s second most productive zinc mine in 2014, after the Rampura Agucha mine in India. The mine opened in 1989.
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