The Department of Metallurgy was established in 1936.The Department of Metallurgy is a process and end product regulatory department within the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development. It provides technical services to the Mining, ceramic and foundry Industries. It conducts research into products and processes to generate value added products from Zimbabwe’s Mineral resources. The department comprises of six sections namely Mineral dressing, Chemical Laboratory, Fire Assay, Mineralogy, Physical metallurgy, and Ceramic Sections apart from the Administration Section.