Zinc and Lead

Our zinc and lead business combines world-class assets with global marketing reach and expertise. 

We mine and process zinc and lead ores in the key mining regions of Australia, South America, Kazakhstan and Canada. And, we smelt and refine zinc and lead at processing operations in Australia, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK and Kazakhstan.

We also source and recycle zinc and lead materials in Europe and North America.

Through our marketing activities, we sell zinc and lead concentrates; zinc and lead metals produced from concentrates; and valuable by-products such as sulphuric acid.

We also sell gold and silver, which are typically mined together with zinc and lead ores.

We market zinc and lead not only from our own facilities, but also from third-party producers.

Zinc and lead in figures - 2020

  • $2.1bn

    adjusted EBITDA from our zinc assets

  • 1,170 kt

    of zinc production from own sources

  • 259 kt

    of lead production from own sources

  • 3.8 mt

    of zinc and lead metal and concentrates sold via the marketing business

Uses of zinc and lead


Zinc is mainly used to galvanise steel or iron – that is, to apply a zinc coating to stop it rusting. Galvanised steel is used in buildings, cars, white goods and electronics. 

The strength and flexibility of zinc alloys mean they are widely used to create die casts for industrial uses – for example, in the production of car or machine parts. Zinc is also used to make brass and bronze.

Zinc oxide is mainly used in the production of rubber, while zinc sulphide has uses such as X - ray screens, in optics, and as a pigment.


Lead has a wide range of industrial uses including batteries, undersea cables, weights, solders and radiation protection.

Zinc and lead assets

Our combination of mines and smelters means we can produce, process and market zinc and lead across the world.



Kazzinc (69.7%) is a large-scale fully integrated producer of zinc, lead, copper and gold.

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McArthur River Mine

is a world-class zinc-lead mine in the Northern Territory.

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Mount Isa Mines

Mount Isa Mines, which also includes the George Fisher zinc–lead mine and the nearby Lady Loretta zinc – lead mine in Queensland. It also produces lead/silver bullion refined at Britannia Refined Metals in the UK.

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Glencore Port Operations

Our Port Operations business is an export gateway for the mineral resources of north-west Queensland.

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See also Glencore in Australia



Nordenham is zinc production plant, located in the north of Germany.

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Portovesme is a lead and zinc smelting and refining facility, based in Sardinia, that processes a range of primary and secondary materials.

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Asturiana de Zinc


Asturiana de Zinc is one of the world’s largest zinc smelters, processing zinc concentrates from our own mines as well as third parties.

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Britannia Refined Metals

United Kingdom

Britannia Refined Metals is the largest primary lead producer in Europe, producing primary lead from Mount Isa and third party lead/silver bullion.

Kidd Operations


Kidd Operations is one of the deepest base metal mines in the world.

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Matagami mine


Matagami mine is a zinc–lead mine in Matagami, Quebec.

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Brunswick lead smelter


a primary lead–silver smelter

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CEZinc (25%) is an electrolytic zinc smelter in Quebec.

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Visit Glencore in Canada

Los Quenuales


Los Quenuales owns and operates mines in the central Highlands of Peru.

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Sinchi Wayra


Sinchi Wayra/Illapa operates four mining units in the Oruro and Potosi regions.



Volcan (23%) is a leading producer of mined lead, zinc and silver in concentrates.

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