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The heavy metal zinc is an essential element for all living things. Zinc has a wide range of applications. In industry, it is mainly used as corrosion protection for steel components (“galvanizing”). In paints, it was the usual white pigment (“zinc white”) for many years. As an inorganic active ingredient, zinc was also contained in water-soluble wood preservatives until the end of the 1980s. Zinc sheets were also used in some cases for roofing.


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