The IZA has a crucial role to play in sustaining long-term global demand for zinc and promoting its criticality to human health, crop nutrition and sustainable development. I hope that as Chairman I can make significant progress in all these areas.
Brussels, Belgium (PRWEB) October 14, 2011
The International Zinc Association (IZA) announces the appointment of Minmetals Resources Limited (MMR) and MMG CEO Andrew Michelmore as the new IZA Chairman.
Mr. Michelmore said he was honored to be elected to the position and looked forward to supporting the IZA’s aim to sustain the long-term global demand for zinc and its markets.
“I am delighted to be appointed to this important role to continue to raise awareness of the zinc industry and to address the challenges concerning zinc producers globally,” he said. “The IZA has a crucial role to play in sustaining long-term global demand for zinc and promoting its criticality to human health, crop nutrition and sustainable development.” “I hope that as Chairman I can make significant progress in all these areas,” he said.
Mr. Michelmore acknowledged the success of existing IZA programs such as ‘Zinc Saves Kids’ which aims to improve the survival, growth and development of undernourished children by funding UNICEF-supported zinc micronutrient programs around the world.
“MMG has been a key supporter of the Zinc Saves Kids program, and I hope to add value to the IZA by building upon the Zinc Saves Kids and other IZA programs including the Zinc Nutrient Initiative and Zinc for Life,” said Mr. Michelmore.
Mr. Michelmore added that an important area of focus for the IZA would be to further its relationship with China.
“As we know, China plays a critical and growing role in the global zinc industry, due to its rapid urbanization and consumption of raw materials, as well as its contribution to crop production and nutritional health,” he said.
“We have already made progress through the recent signing of a joint fertilizer program between the IZA and China’s Ministry of Agriculture, to study and promote zinc fertilizer use in Chinese agriculture.”
“There is certainly more that we can do in this space, and working for MMR, I have had the privilege of working closely with representatives from China particularly as China Minmetals Corporation is our major shareholder.”
“I believe there is a great opportunity to further engage with China on global matters facing the zinc industry, especially in the areas of sustainability and environment. I have certainly seen a desire from China Minmetals Corporation to increase their involvement,” said Mr. Michelmore.
Mr. Michelmore was inaugurated into the IZA role at an Executive Committee Meeting held October 5th in London and replaces Don Lindsay, Chief Executive Officer and President of Teck Resources, as Chairman of IZA.
The IZA is a non-profit organization representing the global zinc industry. Its mission is to support and advance zinc products and markets through research, development, technology transfer and communication of the unique attributes that make zinc sustainable and essential for life.