Nyrstar Balen doubled capacity of zinc dust plant

Tuesday January 19, 2021

Nyrstar is in the midst of a tangible evolution and that is also noticeable at its site in Balen. A unique process has been developed and with a multimillion Euro investment, the Nyrstar Balen site has doubled its zinc dust production capacity. Nyrstar thereby created 7 new jobs and once again proves that it is investing in sustainable, safe and stable production.

"The zinc dust plant is a new strong link as part of our zinc smelter in Balen, of which we
are particularly proud. It is a conscious choice to produce zinc dust locally and in-house. We work with talented and passionate people who put their backs into Nyrstar's turnaround. With the new zinc dust plant, we are also maintaining our competitive position abroad. And then there's the point of sustainability: the zinc powder plant makes partial use of residual heat from Nyrstar's roasting furnaces and eliminates road transport." said Inge Schildermans, General Manager of Nyrstar in Belgium.

The plant is currently producing at design capacity, so that the Nyrstar site in Balen and Auby, in France, can be supplied.

Nyrstar Belgium is one of the world's largest zinc smelters and now incorporates zinc
dust to its production process to produce high quality zinc.

About Nyrstar

Nyrstar is a global multi-metals business, with a market leading position in zinc and lead, and growing positions in other base and precious metals. Nyrstar has mining, smelting and other operations located in Europe, the Americas and Australia and employs over 4,000 people. The company’s 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. Visit www.nyrstar.com.

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Fabienne Buvens - Communications Advisor Nyrstar Balen/Pelt
Fabienne.Buvens@nyrstar.com – GSM : +32 (0) 473/78.23.40