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 and within the Cape Bowling Green National Park. 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.