Zinc is the fourth most common metal in use, trailing only iron, aluminum, and copper with an annual production of about 10 million tons.
Global demand for zinc is driven mainly by its use in galvanizing, die casting and for alloy making. Demand is estimated to increase by two to three percent per year, particularly in industries such as construction, automotive and transport because of zinc’s long useful life.
Armenian mining companies produced about 14 thousand tons of zinc concentrate in 2010. This was 2.1 times higher in comparison to the previous year.