Nyrstar - Sulphuric Acid

By: Breakwater Resources  09-12-2011

We recover sulphur in our production processes to produce a significant quantity of high purity sulphuric acid.

Sulphuric acid is a vital commodity in any modern national economy. In fact it’s so widely used, its consumption rate – like steel production or electricity power – is a good barometer of a nation’s prosperity.

It is used, either directly or indirectly, in almost any industry you care to think of. The chemical is an essential ingredient in the production of fertilisers, fibres, paint, rubber, plastics, steel, detergent and medicines, and can even be found, perhaps surprisingly, in many beers and soft drinks.

One of its more specialised uses is in the production of high strength fibres for use in bulletproof vests and yacht sails.

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Nyrstar Precious and specialty metals

Indium Indium is a rare, soft, silvery, metallic element that Nyrstar produces at our newly-commissioned Auby indium recovery plant. From our mining operations we produce gold and silver in concentrate and gold and silver dore. We also produce gold, silver, cadmium and indium as a by-product of our smelting process. Nyrstar has a growing position in the precious and specialty metals markets.


Nyrstar - Zinc

We produce zinc in concentrate from our mining operations and we produce special high grade , zinc galvanizing alloys, and zinc die casting alloys as an outcome of our zinc smelting process. We are a global leader in zinc; the world’s leading zinc smelting company and a top five* zinc mining company.


Nyrstar - Lead

In fact over 80 % of world production goes into the lead-acid battery, which still plays an important part in the starter mechanism for automobiles. Over half the lead we produce comes from secondary or other sources of scrap lead, including some from our own zinc plants. This is mainly as a result of an increase in Asia’s automobile population and the growing popularity of the e-bike.


Nyrstar - Copper

Copper is predominantly used in building construction, however other significant end use markets include electrical and electronic products, transportation equipment, consumer products and industrial machinery and equipment. Copper is a soft, but tough metal, and it is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Nyrstar has a growing position in the copper market. We produce copper concentrates and copper cathode.