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Minera Frisco began exploiting mines in the state of Chihuahua during the second half of the 17th century, according to the chronicles of Fray Juan de Torquemada.


At the beginning of the 20th century, the British company The Marines Mines of Mexico worked some mines, including San Francisco.




1913    San Francisco Mines of Mexico Limited acquires most of the funds.


1920    With the development of selective flotation, the large-scale exploitation of the deposit begins, grinding 240,000 tons per year.


1924    It is incorporated as Compañía Minera Plomosa, S.A. 


1962    In October it is incorporated as Minera Frisco S.A, becoming Mexican following the new mining law of that year.


1972    Minera Lampazos begins operations in the municipality of Tepache in Sonora with the exploitation of silver ore (closed in 1987).


1978    Minera Cumobabi, S.A. de .C.V. begins operations in the municipality of Cumpas, Sonora, with the exploitation of copper and molybdenum ore (closed in 1989).


1989    Molymex, S.A. de C.V. begins operations in the municipality of Cumpas, Sonora, producing molybdenum trioxide (sold in 1995).


1980   Minera María begins operations in the municipality of Cananea, Sonora, exploiting copper ore (closed in 1981).


1982    Minera Real de Ángeles S.A. de C.V begins operations in Noria de Ángeles, Zacatecas, exploiting silver, lead and zinc ore (closed in 1998).


1984    Frisco is acquired by Carlos Slim, incorporated as Empresa Frisco, S.A. de C.V and becoming part of Grupo Carso.


1994   Compañía San Felipe in Baja California begins operations (closed in 2001).


1998   Minera Tayahua is acquired (51%), unit located in Terminal de Providencia, Mazapil, Zacatecas, exploiting gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper ore.


1999    The second stage of Minera María begins operations in the state of Sonora, exploiting copper ore for the production of cathodes.


2001    Frisco opens its Unidad de Manejo para la Conservación de la Vida Silvestre (UMA) (Conservation Unit for Wildlife Management) Reserva San Fransicso del Oro, located in the municipality of San Francisco del Oro in Chihuahua, extending 150 hectares of native and exotic species.


2007    It merged with Grupo Condumex, forming part of the Mining Division.


2008    The Asientos Unit  in the state of Aguascalientes begins operations exploiting gold, silver, lead and zinc ore, as well as El Coronel Unit in the state of Zacatecas, exploiting gold and silver ore.


2010    The San Felipe Unit  restarts operations in the state of Baja California, exploiting gold and silver ore.


2010    With the operation of six mining complexes or operating units, the mining plan reaches 35.3 million tons.


2011   In January it was spun off from Grupo Condumex and Grupo Carso to form Minera Frisco SAB de C.V.