According to MTA data, our Zinc metal content source in our country is at the level of 2.3 million tons. In the world, the defined zinc source has been calculated as 1.9 billion tons.
Zinc is one of the three most important metals in non-ferrous metals following aluminum and copper. These three metals are mainly used to increase the corrosion resistance of iron and steel, and to make special alloys and brass alloys used in the casting industry. The recycling rate is relatively low and zinc is largely dependent on mining activities, is also used in the roofing materials and tire industry.
The total amount of reserves on a global scale is 250 million tons, and Australia is at the first place with a 27% share.
In 2021, a total of 13 million tons of zinc was produced from mines around the World. The People's Republic of China is the biggest player in production with a share of 33%. As of 2020, zinc production in our country has reached 318,883 tons.
The export of zinc ore and enriched zinc ore has shown an increasing trend since 2016, and as of 2021 442.421 thousand tons of zinc exported.
Import values also increased as of 2017, and by seeing the peak value in the last five years in 2018, zinc reached an import volume of approximately 1.4 million dollars.
Türkiye’s refined zinc import changed between 331 thousands and 256 thousands tons in between 2016-2021. The average price of zinc in 2021 is $3,900/ton.
The mines in Balıkesir-Balya Rize-Çayeli in Türkiye are the main enterprises producing zinc.
Date of Update: 13 September 2022
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