In Greece and Egypt, the use of zinc since Antiquity has been proven with the discovery of jewelry and funeral urns.
18th century: after developing an original production process, an imperial decree was granted to Jean-Jacques Dony to mine the zinc ore deposit at La Vieille Montagne, near Liège, in Belgium. The Société des Mines et Fonderies de Zinc de la Vieille Montagne was created in 1837.
2000: VMZINC opens North American headquarters in Raleigh North Carolina.
2001: Union Minière group becomes Umicore group.
2014: The launch of zinc with engraved AZENGAR.