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Zinc miners scramble to meet expected demand surge

China, India need zinc-infused fertilizers for higher crop yields

The giant Antamina copper-zinc mine in Peru sits at an altitude of 4,300 meters. It is owned by a consortium of Glencore, BHP (each with 33.75%), Teck Resources (22.5%) and Mitsubishi Corp. (10%). Photo courtesy Teck Resources

SYDNEY -- Mining companies across the world are rushing to bring zinc mines into production ahead of an expected increase in demand from new applications in sectors such as construction, automotive, energy storage and food production. 

In particular, China and India are seen to  be huge consumers of the metal for use in fertilizers to replenish depleted soil, amid pressure for higher crop yields to feed their 2.6 billion people. China is already the dominant zinc producer and consumer, accounting for more than half of global output and demand.

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