We are one of the world’s largest vertically integrated producers of zinc, with operations in Australia, Canada, Europe (Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) and Peru.
A versatile material, zinc has a number of vital end-uses. It is an essential nutrient in human health, addressing malnutrition through the adequate dietary supplements, and very useful in crop yield improvement. Zinc in galvanizing protects steel against corrosion, for its use in automobiles, buildings and others. Zinc is also used for the production of zinc die-casting alloys, brass and oxide, and in manufacturing batteries and other electrical and consumer goods.
In Australia, we operate the Mount Isa complex in north west Queensland composed of George Fisher underground, Handlebar Hill open cut , Black Star open cut, and Lady Loretta (under construction) zinc-lead mines and their supporting processing infrastructure, including a zinc-lead concentrator and lead smelter. Our Bowen Coke Works in coastal north Queensland is a key supplier to the lead smelter. In the Northern Territory, we operate the McArthur River open pit zinc-lead mine and its processing and loading facilities.
In Europe, our Spanish operations include the San Juan de Nieva zinc smelter and the Arnao zinc semis plant in Asturias, and the Hinojedo roasting plant in Cantabria. We also operate the Nordenham zinc smelter in northern Germany and the Northfleet lead refinery in the United Kingdom.
In America, we have operations and exploration projects in Canada including the Brunswick zinc-lead mine and lead smelter (New Brunswick); 25% of the CEZ zinc smelter near Montreal and the Matagami mines in Quebec (Perseverance mine and Bracemac-MacLeod). We own, as well, 33.75% of the Antamina mine in Peru.