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Zinc

We are the world’s third-largest producer of mined zinc and operate one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining facilities.

What We Make

We are capable of producing approximately 295,000 tonnes of refined zinc per year. Teck produces primary zinc and zinc alloys, available in slab and jumbo form. Our zinc is a registered brand on the London Metal Exchange and we have a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

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We produce zinc concentrate from our Red Dog Operations in Alaska and Pend Oreille Operations in Washington State. In addition to marketing our zinc concentrate around the world, Teck’s concentrate team purchases concentrate from other mines for processing at our Trail Operations metallurgical complex in British Columbia. In total, we produced 658,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate while our Trail Operations produced 307,000 tonnes of refined zinc in 2015.


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Teck's Zinc Facts

26 percent

of our gross profit, before depreciation and amortization, in 2016 that was from zinc.

662K tonnes

of zinc contained in concentrate that Teck produced in 2016.

312K Tonnes

of refined zinc produced by our Trail Operations in 2016.

100 Million

people worldwide reached through our Zinc & Health program since 2011.

Where We Make It

  • Pend Oreille
    Pend Oreille Pend Oreille is an underground zinc and lead mine located in northeastern Washington State, USA.
  • Red Dog
    Red Dog Red Dog Operations is one of the world's largest zinc mines, located in northwest Alaska, USA.
  • Trail Operations
    Trail Operations Trail Operations is one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes, located in southern British Columbia.

Zinc…

protects steel by improving its durability. The primary uses of zinc are for galvanizing steel to protect against weather and corrosion, producing brass and bronze, and in die-casting to produce a wide range of metal products. Zinc can increase crop yields and crop quality. And, as an essential nutrient in human development and disease prevention, zinc saves lives.
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Did you Know?

Zinc batteries have been used for many decades.  Zinc-carbon batteries are the longest established primary battery type and are in applications such as remote controls, flashlights, toys and electronics.   Zinc-chloride batteries are an improved version of the zinc-carbon cells; they have a longer life and a steadier voltage output.  Button cell zinc-air batteries are used in hearing aids, calculators and watches. Read more about zinc through the International Zinc Association.
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Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy.