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 statement.
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 lubricants.