Sun Metals Zinc Refinery, located near the City of Townsville in North Queensland, Australia, is an outstanding example of a major value-adding, export-oriented product that has brought significant economic and employment benefits to the region and the nation.

The refinery was built by Sun Metals Corporation Pty Ltd, the Australian subsidiary of Korea Zinc Company Limited which produces 10 per cent of the world’s zinc from plants in Korea, the USA and Australia.

The project, which cost around US$425 million to build, represents the largest single investment in Australia by a Korean company. The fact that it was completed on schedule and to budget is indicative of meticulous pre-planning and the excellent working relationships that developed between the company, its suppliers and contractors.