VMZINC History

Zinc : with us since the dawn of time

Zinc is a truly international metal. It was used in ancient times in Greece and Egypt for jewellery and funeral urns. Much later, during the Middle Ages, it was produced in the form of metal in China and India. In fact zinc first came to Europe from China at the end of the Middle Ages. It is therefore fitting that VMZINC should now return this noble metal to Asia in new and exciting forms and applications.

 

VMZINC : almost 200 years of history

From its birth in 1837 and for over 170 years the Société des Mines et des Fonderies de Zinc de la Vieille Montagne was to establish zinc's pedigree and develop its application in the roofing industry.
Zinc rapidly played a dominant role, especially in the building of modern Paris under the influence of Baron Haussman. In 1853, the Compagnie Royale Asturienne des Mines was founded. A hundred and forty years later, in 1987, the two companies merged to become Vieille Montagne France and in 1993 they joined the Umicore Group under the brand name VMZINC..