Recycling rolled zinc: the best rate in the sector!

Roger Baltus will now have a regular guest contributor to his column: Cécile Roland, Environmental Applications Manager with VMZINC. An opportunity for architects, project owners and all building professionals to (re)discover the “sustainable” qualities of zinc.

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Épisode 9: From the 1970s to the turn of the 21st century

Leading means planning. Even if the worst may never happen, one always has to prepared for hard times. The previous episode of this saga ended at the start of the 1960s. Vieille Montagne had regained its dignity and dynamism after the hardships of the Second World War, and was in marching order to face the future.

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Episode 8: 1945 – 1961: modernising to retain the position of leader

In my previous episode, I recounted how, at the end of the Second World War, Vieille Montagne found itself in a difficult situation and its annual production of zinc had decreased to less than 60,000 tons in 1946! Over the next four decades, the company was constantly seeking to improve the yield of production processes and modernise.

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Episode 7 : The inter-war period: the advent of industrial electrolysis

Before the First World War, Vieille Montagne had 7 mining and metallurgical sites in Belgium, 11 in France, 8 in North Africa, 3 in Germany, 2 in Sweden, 4 in England, 4 in Italy and 2 in Spain, as well as commercial consignees all over the Planet, from Mexico to Havana, Tokyo to New York, via Alexandria, Moscow and St. Petersburg!

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Our Extreme Zinc is continuing its world tour. After New Zealand, we’re off to India, a vast subcontinent on which the zinc market is developing.

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Why attend MIPIM, the international property market event, which was held in Cannes from 14 to 16 March 2017? What would an industrial do among these investors and property developers from all over the world? Are discussions not more focused on money, investments and programmes than architecture and ecology?

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Thanks to Vieille Montagne, zinc appeared in the middle of the 19th century. And just a few decades later, it had become a core product for a rigorous professional community: that of roofers. This is the thrust of what Mr. Jean-Marie Tong reminded me of a few weeks ago. Mr. Tong is a marvellous, highly skilled Belgian roofer and major zinc specialist (only VMZINC!), but also a fine connoisseur of the Vieille Montagne company’s history in Liège.

Read more: “Simply having a strategy is not enough: you need to have a raison d’être”


On 1 March, the 39th edition of the prestigious Pritzker prize – the equivalent of the Nobel for architects – was awarded to Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, a trio of Spanish architects who have been working together since 1988. “Their work demonstrates a flawless commitment to places and their history, and creates spaces that connect with their context” said Tom Pritzker, son of the prize’s founder.

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Over the last three years, a movement – which was originally spontaneous and not co-organised – began in three European countries to commemorate the history and heritage of Vieille Montagne zinc. For various reasons, I became involved in this wonderful initiative. Let me tell you how and why.

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The Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who died on 31 March 2016, was also, and above all, a huge artist. This was revealed by the magnificent exhibition that ended last Sunday at the Serpentine Sacker Gallery in London, entitled “Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and Drawings”.

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