NEW YORK Zinc Nacional SA
will double its French-process zinc oxide capacity with an
expansion at its Monterrey plant in northeastern Mexico.
The expansion will increase the
facilitys capacity for French-process zinc
oxidewhich is made from zinc ingotto 24,000 tonnes
per year from about 12,000 tonnes currently. The facility also
the capacity to produce more than 40,000 tonnes of
American-process zinc oxide per year.
Zinc Nacional also plans to set
up two or three distribution centers in the United States and
is evaluating the construction of a French-process zinc oxide
plant at its Alabama facility, according to chief executive
officer Eduardo Alverde.
Zinc Nacional owns and operates
the Steel Dust Recycling LLC plant in Millport, Ala., which
supplies zinc oxide to zinc smelters.
"We are sure that we can be a
relevant and reliable participant in the changing supply-side
landscape for zinc oxide in North America," Alverde said in a
Zinc Nacional, which is part of
Monterrey-based Grupo Promax, produces zinc oxide and zinc
sulfate for customers in Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Its oxides are used in applications such as animal feed,
agriculture, rubber, ceramics, paint, chemicals and