Significant mineral deposits were discovered in the Tizapa ravine in 1979. In a co-ownership project with Dowa and Sumitomo, in 1993 construction began at an initial installed capacity of 800 thousand tons of milled ore per year, financed under very favorable terms. Zinc concentrates produced at Tizapa are sent to Japan for processing.

After several capacity expansions, Tizapa surpassed previous records in both milling and processing over the course of four consecutive years (2012 to 2015). Tizapa is among the four most important zinc mines in Mexico.

Key Information

  • Location: Zacazonapan, State of Mexico
  • Ownership: 51% Peñoles; 39% Dowa Mining and 10% Sumitomo Corporation
  • In operation: 1994-to date
  • Facilities: Underground mine and beneficiation plant
  • Production: Polymetallic operation that produces three types of concentrates: lead, zinc and copper
  • Type of deposit: Underground with volcanogenic massive sulfides and strata
  • Installed capacity: 950 thousand tons/year of milled ore
  • Used capacity: 100%*
  • Reserves: 8.3 million tons of ore*
  • Mine Life: 9 years*
  • Employees: 618*

* Figures to December 2021

Production in 2021

984 ton

Ore milled

+4.8% with respect to the previous year

39,751 oz


+2.3% with respect to the previous year

5,991 koz


+0.3% with respect to the previous year

8,299 ton


-1.9% with respect to the previous year

40,129 ton


+4.8% with respect to the previous year

1,526 ton


+88.7% with respect to the previous year
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