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.

Our strategy

Nyrstar’s management’s strategy is aimed at positioning the business for a sustainable future as a leading global multi-metals processing business. We do this by continuously improving each of our operations, seeking untapped value and excellence, and leveraging the passion and dedication of our people.

Through its deep market insight and unique processing capabilities, Nyrstar aims to generate superior returns by extracting the maximum value inherent in the mineral resources and by-products it processes.

Accordingly, Nyrstar has developed a coordinated approach to redeveloping and operating its asset portfolio to optimize the concentrate feed into its smelters, maximise minor and precious metal extraction, and enhance the margins of its end-product mix.
To realise its strategy, management has determined the following strategic priorities:

  • Maintain Nyrstar’s strong safety performance by improving visible safety leadership
  • Optimise the zinc smelters to deliver their full potential, underpinned by operational stability
  • Optimise the North American zinc mines to deliver their full potential
  • Ramp up the Port Pirie Redevelopment to deliver the guided earnings uplift
  • Maintain a strong balance sheet with an appropriate maturity and liquidity profile

As a global metals and mining company, we believe it is crucial to conduct our operations competitively, with high skills, through responsible conduct and a sustainable supply chain.


years global presence




operations worldwide




largest zinc metal producer

7 days

from concentrate to metal


Products diversity



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