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A global leader in zinc, lead and other metals

Nyrstar is a global multi-metal business that can meet the demand for zinc, lead and other metals and products for many generations to come.

Nyrstar has a market leading position in zinc and lead and has mines, smelters and other operations in Europe, the United States and Australia.

Global presence

Nyrstar boasts a rich history of metal processing. Our global presence and knowledge of the market combined with solid smelting and process technology experience enables us to mine, source, manufacture and sell the high quality products for which our customers worldwide know us.

Our global operations are located close to key customers and major transport hubs to facilitate delivery of raw materials and distribution of finished products. In July 2019, Nyrstar’s operating business became majority owned by Trafigura, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies.

As an independent physical trading and logistics business, Trafigura is focused entirely on creating long-term value. They  have the resources and the agility to configure their business to meet their markets and business partners' changing needs.

Combining Nyrstar’s global footprint of production with Trafigura’s trading activities presents significant opportunities in the zinc market.

The two companies bring together the best market practices and high standards of responsibility in their respective fields, as well as reliability and responsiveness to consumers.

There’s no life without zinc.

Zinc is a natural, durable and sustainable resource that has a huge impact on daily life. It has diverse applications and uses, from construction and infrastructure, to transport, industrial machinery, communications, electronics and consumer products. This makes zinc an essential and highly sought-after resource.

The need for zinc is ever growing

Zinc provides excellent corrosion resistance to iron and steel. It is a relatively hard metal with a low melting point, making it suitable for die casting, but still soft enough to be formed, rolled, or extruded. But there are also many other parts of daily life where zinc plays an important role.


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