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The U.S. Zinc Industry: A Historical Perspective.

McMahon AD; Cotterill CH; Dunham JT; Rice WL
NTIS: PB 231 050 :76 pages
Changes in world mine and smelter supply sources of zinc have led to changes in zinc supply patterns in the United States during the past 3 years, 1970-72. The result has been a growing reliance on foreign sources of zinc metal to furnish an ever-increasing portion of expanding domestic requirements. This review of fundamentals and historical developments is intended to provide background in order to place the future of the U.S. zinc industry in perspective. The properties and uses of zinc are described. A new study on U.S. reserves is presented with description by geographical region and comparisons with older reserve data. The technology of the zinc industry from prospecting through refining is described with emphasis on the metallurgy involved in the various methods of smelting. Production, consumption, and imports are discussed and illustrated with graphs and tables to review the past and present patterns. Government actions affecting the industry are shown.
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NTIS: PB 231 050
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division