Sun Metals Zinc Refinery is located 15km south of the city of Townsville in North Queensland, Australia. The refinery was built in 1996 by Sun Metals Corporation Pty Ltd (Sun Metals), the Australian subsidiary of the Korea Zinc Company Limited.Korea Zinc produces 10 per cent of the world’s zinc from plants in Korea, the USA and Australia.
Korea Zinc is recognised as one of the world’s foremost companies in the development and application of world-best technologies. Sun Metals has utilised this technology and is one of the world’s most advanced plants and one of the largest zinc refineries.
Australia is the world’s largest exporter and second largest producer of zinc concentrates. The Townsville Sun Metals site is uniquely located to take advantage of its proximity to the Southeast Asian market, abundant raw materials, and skilled labour.
Raw materials are sourced from mines in Alaska, Australia and South America. Direct access to the Port of Townsville reduces transport costs and lead times for both Sun Metals and its customers.
Sun Metals produces a Special High Grade of Zinc metals which meet stringent quality standards required under its registration at the London Metal Exchange.
Sulphuric acid, although a secondary product, is also an important part of Sun Metals’ production and is sold to clients for use in the production of fertilisers and other industrial uses.
Other by-products such as zinc ferrite and copper are also produced and sold to the international and domestic market.
Sun Metals is situated in close proximity to Cleveland Bay. The company places a high priority on environmental management and is regarded as the world’s most environmentally responsible producer of low-cost quality zinc product.
Strict environmental licences are applied in relation to air, water, land, waste and noise management. Sun Metals use the most environmentally sustainable technology available to meet its responsibilities. As a result Sun Metals re-uses over 90% of its wastewater, with the rest being evaporated from wastewater ponds located on the site.
Sun Metals is also committed to the community. The actual Sun Metals location is also home to a significant aboriginal archeological site known as “Sandfly Creek”. The company protects this site in respect for the significance it represents to local indigenous communities.
Sun Metals is a strong contributor to the local economy. We employ over 350 staff and contractors, primarily from the local community. We work with the community and as part of it, through sponsorships, educational tours, community projects and participation.
Nyrstar’s Hobart zinc smelter has a century of operational experience, is one of the world’s largest zinc producers and a reputational leader in product quality.
Nyrstar Hobart is part of Nyrstar, a global metals processing business, with market leading positions in zinc and lead. With an operational presence in Australia, Europe and the United States, Nyrstar provides its customers the benefit of a truly international, multi-regional partner.
Nyrstar’s Hobart smelter is focused on high value added products for export to growing markets. Over the years the plant has evolved with significant advances in technology, environmental and safety practices. Numerous expansions and modifications have enabled a production increase to the annual 280,000 tonne levels of today.
In recent years the site has also benefitted from debottlenecking projects, enabling the operation to process a diverse range of concentrates efficiently. Nyrstar is a leader in process flexibility, developing products containing additions of different metals, providing customers specific product coating and appearance qualities.
Nyrstar Hobart produces Continuous Galvanizing Grade (CGG) alloys, Special High Grade (SHG) zinc, EZDA die cast alloys, and by-products including cadmium, copper sulphate, paragoethite, lead sulphate leach concentrate and sulphuric acid.
Nyrstar appreciates its customers are those seeking the highest quality of refined metal products globally and choose Nyrstar due to the high standards of its quality control and customer service support.
Directly from Nyrstar Hobart, supported by our international customer team, Nyrstar offers its customers professional commercial, technical and market services, including:
Global customer service network and distribution partners
Analytical laboratory technical support (alloy and chemical composition analysis) and (alloy melting and composition)
Long term stable material stocks
On time delivery and personalised customer service support
Tailored pricing structure
Employees at Nyrstar understand the important role they play as leaders in the value chain. Their commitment to continuous business improvement across operational processes safeguards the high standard of Nyrstar’s product quality.