Nyrstar’s Budel zinc smelting operations to be put on care and maintenance

Tuesday August 16, 2022

Budel-Dorplein, 16 August, 2022 – Nyrstar’s Budel operations in the Netherlands will be put on care and maintenance from 1st September 2022 until further notice, as a response to various external factors impacting the business. The situation will remain under review. 

Nyrstar Budel’s nameplate capacity is [315ktpa] of zinc, but the smelter has been operating at reduced capacity since Q4 2021. Nyrstar’s operations at Balen (Belgium) and Auby (France) continue at the curtailed production levels announced last year, actively managing operational capacity. 

No redundancies are planned as a result of the care and maintenance. Employee duties will be redirected to focus on maintenance, training and other essential activities. Today’s announcement follows engagement between Nyrstar management and the operation’s works council.  


About Nyrstar: 

Nyrstar is an international producer of critical minerals and metals essential for a low carbon future. With a market leading position in zinc and lead, Nyrstar has mining, smelting and other operations located in Europe, the U.S. and Australia and employs approximately 4,000 people. Its Corporate Office is based in Budel-Dorplein, the Netherlands. 

The company’s operations are located close to key customers and major transport hubs to facilitate reliable and efficient delivery of raw materials and distribution of finished products. Nyrstar’s operating business is wholly owned by Trafigura, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading and supply chain logistics companies. Visit www.nyrstar.com