Zinc strip is very ductile and can be formed, drawn, and deep drawn into a wide variety of shapes and forms in progressive dies, transfer tooling, or hydro-forming presses. The self-annealing characteristics allow zinc to be drawn and re-drawn often times without intermediate annealing that is required with brass.
Zinc is readily buffed and chrome plated, or plated with other decorative finishes for plumbing, door hardware, or other cosmetic end uses typically produced from brass. The low metal value and low density (0.0259 Lbs/ in3) of zinc verses copper help keep the cost of zinc strip well below that of 70/30 brass.
The antimicrobial characteristics of zinc make it a good choice for door push plates, cell phone cases, lap top covers, or other applications that are often in direct contact with human hands.