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 archaeological 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.
Trafigura is one of the world’s leading independent physical commodity trading groups and one of the largest participants in the global zinc market, having traded over 1.5 million metric tonnes of zinc concentrates and 1.4 million metric tonnes of refined zinc in 2019.
Trafigura’s trading business is supported by its industrial and financial assets, including a majority ownership in global multi-metals business, Nyrstar, which has a market-leading position in zinc and lead and has mining, smelting and related operations located in Australia Europe and the Americas.
Nyrstar produces zinc concentrates from its mining operations and a variety of refined market zinc products, including special high-grade zinc (SHG), zinc galvanising alloys, custom speciality alloys and zinc die-casting alloys as an outcome of its zinc smelting process.
The Nyrstar Hobart smelter in Tasmania is one of the world’s largest zinc smelters and has been producing and supplying zinc to the Australian galvanizing market for over 100 years. The facility employs over 450 people and remains one of Tasmania’s largest contributors to the local economy. Close to 90 percent of the energy used by the Hobart facility in the production of its zinc products is derived from hydro-generated electricity, significantly reducing the plants carbon footprint.
Combining Nyrstar’s footprint of production with Trafigura’s global marketing, logistics network and financial expertise, presents significant opportunities in today’s zinc market. The two companies bring together the best market practices and high standards of responsibility in their respective fields, as well as reliability and responsiveness to customers.
The Trafigura Group is a privately owned company with 8,000 employees who work in 80 offices in 41 countries around the world. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.
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