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About Zinc. Zinc is a metallic element with atomic number 30, it is a post-transition metal, and member of group 12 of the periodic table. Coins containing 99% zinc were cast as early as the 1300s in China, during the Ming Dynasty; with industrial production beginning in 1720 in East Asia. Production grew rapidly after 1840, with the discovery of great zinc mines. Currently, Zinc is the fourth most commercialized metal worldwide, only behind iron, aluminum and copper. Zinc is a relatively active metal, although it forms very stable compounds. It is also a key component in the forging of brass and other metallic alloys. The element itself is also an essential mineral in human diets, especially in baby development.

Zinc Handling. Since zinc is produced in great quantity, it is usually shipped in railroad tank cars or by marine transportation. Zinc should be kept in dry well-ventilated environments, and thoroughly dried if added to a molten bath, since zinc ingots can absorb moisture, which expands explosively when immersed in a molten bath. Zinc in massive form is liable to superficial corrosion by immersion in or exposure to salt or fresh water. Zinc dust is a hazardous cargo which should be shipped in hermetically sealed lined cases or metal drums. Evolves hydrogen when in contact with water, humid atmosphere, etc., and may ignite. Exposure to moisture should be avoided, and would require complete reprocessing if wet. Any zinc sheets that have become wet during transit should be wiped dry before storage.

Zinc Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Zinc are listed below.

  • Zinc sulfide ore concentrate + metallurgical coke (vertical retort process),
  • Zinc sulfide ore concentrate + metallurgical coke (Imperial smelting process),
  • Zinc sulfate (electrolysis)

Zinc Uses. The uses and applications of Zinc may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Zinc are high grade ingots (min. purity of 99.9%), special high grade ingots (min. purity of 99.99%). The metal also can be traded in the forms of slab, wire, rolled (strips/tubing), mossy Zinc, and dust powder.

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Zinc Price Outlook. The price of Zinc (United States) increased during April 2019 to 2,940 USD per metric ton, which represents a slight rise of 4% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Zinc (United States) decreased by 7%. Meanwhile, the average price of Zinc (China) amounted to 3,300 USD per metric ton, from 3,860 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Zinc (China) is 5% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Zinc (Southeast Asia) declined slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 2,760 USD per metric ton.  The price is 0.4% lower than the average price in the previous month and 20% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Zinc (Europe) increased modestly during April 2019, reaching 2,930 USD per metric ton, which means a rise of 3% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 8% from the previous year’s price. 

About Zinc. Zinc is a metallic element with atomic number 30, it is a post-transition metal, and member of group 12 of the periodic table. Coins containing 99% zinc were cast as early as the 1300s in China, during the Ming Dynasty; with industrial production beginning in 1720 in East Asia. Production grew rapidly after 1840, with the discovery of great zinc mines. Currently, Zinc is the fourth most commercialized metal worldwide, only behind iron, aluminum and copper. Zinc is a relatively active metal, although it forms very stable compounds. It is also a key component in the forging of brass and other metallic alloys. The element itself is also an essential mineral in human diets, especially in baby development.

Zinc Handling. Since zinc is produced in great quantity, it is usually shipped in railroad tank cars or by marine transportation. Zinc should be kept in dry well-ventilated environments, and thoroughly dried if added to a molten bath, since zinc ingots can absorb moisture, which expands explosively when immersed in a molten bath. Zinc in massive form is liable to superficial corrosion by immersion in or exposure to salt or fresh water. Zinc dust is a hazardous cargo which should be shipped in hermetically sealed lined cases or metal drums. Evolves hydrogen when in contact with water, humid atmosphere, etc., and may ignite. Exposure to moisture should be avoided, and would require complete reprocessing if wet. Any zinc sheets that have become wet during transit should be wiped dry before storage.

Zinc Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Zinc are listed below.

  • Zinc sulfide ore concentrate + metallurgical coke (vertical retort process),
  • Zinc sulfide ore concentrate + metallurgical coke (Imperial smelting process),
  • Zinc sulfate (electrolysis)

Zinc Uses. The uses and applications of Zinc may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Zinc are high grade ingots (min. purity of 99.9%), special high grade ingots (min. purity of 99.99%). The metal also can be traded in the forms of slab, wire, rolled (strips/tubing), mossy Zinc, and dust powder.

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