Who We Are

As the largest dedicated producer of zinc oxide in North America, Zochem is not only a leading supplier but also a trusted advisor

At Zochem, we manufacture zinc oxide for every application – from tires and rubber to pharmaceuticals and alternative batteries. We use the highly efficient, low-CO2-emission, French Process.

Because Zochem is dedicated solely to the production of zinc oxide powder and pellet material, the process has our full and unwavering attention. We think ahead. We plan proactively. We continually invest in our technology and processes, developing new and more efficient ways to guarantee quality, consistency, and supply for every customer specification and application.

Through our Fluency Initiative, we offer product training and consultation to procurement, R&D, and technical experts in any field that employs zinc oxide, to elevate and advance the industry’s use of this versatile and vital resource.

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In August 2023, Zochem acquired a 40% stake in IEQSA, a Peruvian zinc materials manufacturer, to create avenues for both product and geographic expansion. In October 2023, a 4th furnace and building improvements totaling $8M were implemented in Dickson, TN to support the growth and demand fluctuations within the industry. Zochem now ships to 5 continents with certainty backed by over 100,000 MT of capacity.

In October 2017, Zinc Oxide LLC announced the acquisition of Zochem Inc., a subsidiary of American Zinc Recycling LLC. The company now operates with the combined US and Canadian capabilities, plus further facilities expansion. Headquartered in Dickson TN facility, Zochem is the largest producer in North America at 90,000 MT capacity.

In July 2014, Zinc Oxide LLC, under the Russ Robinson Group, began production in Dickson, TN as the newest, state-of-the-art facility in the zinc oxide industry. Through innovation and expertise, the plant produced at the lowest Scope 1 carbon footprint globally. In the same year, Zochem Inc. completed a $21M expansion to improve the plant’s capacity while reducing its carbon footprint by 15%.

Zochem Inc. opened its doors in Toronto’s industrial suburb of Brampton, Ontario, Canada after having a legacy going back to 1933 near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Zochem’s people were and are their foundation to initially produce French Process Zinc Oxide for Canada and the Northeast U.S. The working relationship with present day Unifor has flourished and grown since the 1970’s.

Zochem’s Mission, Vision and Values

What’s important to you is important to us.


Zochem’s mission is to prove to all our stakeholders that we have no equal in the safety, quality, and sustainability of our zinc oxide and related services.


Zochem’s vision is to be the “go-to” resource for all things zinc oxide.


Customer Satisfaction
Growth for the team
Business Growth

Our State-of-the-Art Facilities

Dickson, TN, U.S.A:

When Zinc Oxide LLC launched in 2014, it was North America’s newest manufacturer of French Process zinc oxide, with our Dickson location being the first zinc oxide plant to come online in North America in over 20 years.

During the growing years, Dickson matured in partnership with our valued customers through invited audits. We also obtained ISO and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certifications.

The facility operates 24/7/365 with muffle furnaces that are designed through our in-house knowledge of refractory, heat transfer, and metallurgical engineering with each iteration of the muffle requiring less CO2 per metric ton of zinc oxide produced along with an improved capability of consuming reusable and recyclable forms of zinc raw materials.

Since its inception in 2014, the facility has not had a lost time injury.

Zinc oxide is a mature product and evolving scientific learnings across the globe are incorporated in our day-to-day operations. Dickson has done just that with every new furnace and pelletizer added to the facility.


Brampton, ON, Canada:

Established in 1974, Zochem was deemed “new again” in 2013 through a $21M plant investment which focused on capacity expansion and an improved carbon footprint.

The facility operates with muffle furnaces 24/7/365  that have been sized and designed for the ability to flex with customer and economic demand, while not compromising the CO2 per metric ton of zinc oxide produced.

The facility is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified. It also holds certifications by the FDA and Health Canada, the latter providing the European ICH Q7A equivalence.

Long recognized by French Process zinc oxide users for its reliability, Zochem Brampton’s facility includes a succinct process flow from raw material receipt (rail or truck) to finished product shipment that aligns with the fundamentals of lean methodology. Reduction of waste (“muda”) is a common topic which starts with the emphasis on safety, then automatically generates improvements in quality, productivity, and environmental compliance.

This facility’s employees know their customers. They have over 37 years of service and commitment to Brampton and know what, when, and why their customers want what they do.

The last lost time injury at the facility was in 2011. Yes, 2011.
What do both facilities have most in common? The PEOPLE. Dedicated and safety conscious.



Both our North American facilities produce French Process zinc oxide grades suitable for:


  • Production of safe road-ready tires to protect your children and loved ones
  • Specialty chemicals such as motor oil additives to ensure your asset is protected
  • Use within food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics to improve your health and well-being
  • Addition to fertilizer and animal feed products to positively impact the growth of foods while promoting a well-balanced diet
  • Implementation into electronic applications such as energy storage, batteries, and infrastructure for the safety of your communities
  • Use in ceramic, glass, plastics, paint and coatings, tape and adhesives, and fertilizer markets

Letter to Stakeholders

Zochem’s core values are rooted in our integrity and are driven by an immeasurable passion for perfection. The safety of our team members (The Dream Team) will always take precedence, while the quality of our product and services will be second to none. We will have no equal.

We know that French Process zinc oxide is essential to everyday life and our intent is to help make the planet a little bit better with each passing day. We listen to and embrace the needs of our constituents while sharing our unprecedented knowledge of our product.

We continually encourage innovative change and the empowerment of every member of The Dream Team to cohesively create and deliver the absolute best zinc oxide in the world, while having a positive impact on our community and the environment.

We have and will continue to set new global standards for the industry by developing and demonstrating best practices in everything we do. To ensure our long-term success, we will continue to grow our expertise, develop our team members, and enlighten our stakeholders about the value of the pursuit of excellence.

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