Juiz de Fora

Juiz de Fora



Principal Refined Products

Metallic zinc

Plant Capacity

96.9 ktpy







The Juiz de Fora smelter is located in the municipality of Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, wholly owned by Nexa Brazil, and is accessible by road.


Our Juiz de Fora smelter, which is wholly owned by Nexa Brazil, is located in Brazil and began operating in 1980. This smelter uses Roast-Leach-Electrowinning and Waelz Furnace technologies. With a nominal production capacity of 96.9 thousand tonnes per year, Juiz de Fora produced 81.1 thousand tonnes of zinc metal available for sale in 2021 and 79.4 thousand tonnes in 2020. In 2021, 32.8% of the zinc raw material used by Juiz de Fora was zinc concentrate sourced from our mining operations, 47.9% was purchased from third parties and 19.3% was obtained from secondary feed materials from electric arc furnace (“EAF”) and brass oxide.

2021 2020 2019
Production kt 81.1 79.4 86.2
Zinc Recovery % 93.6 92.8 93.4
Sales kt 80.8 78.6 86.1
Conversion cost US$/lb 0.27 0.25 N/A
Cash Cost, net of by-product credits US$/t 2,277.4 1,915.4 2,382.1
Cash Cost, net of by-product credits US$/lb 1.03 0.87 1.08
CAPEX US$ mm 19.0 9.8 18.7