About Us

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Nyrstar Zinc Works is located on the western bank of the Derwent Estuary in Hobart, Tasmania, and is a large-scale zinc smelter with a capacity of 280,000 tonnes.

The Hobart smelter is one of the world’s largest zinc smelters in terms of production volume. It is focused on high value added products for export to growing markets in Asia. The site has been significantly upgraded and modernised over the last 25 years, with improvements such as modernisation of gas purification and acid plants in the roasting facility, the modernisation of the leaching and purification processes, the introduction of mechanised zinc stripping in electrolysis and the automation of the casting plant. These major capital works and operational improvements have increased the plant’s annual operating capacity from approximately 170,000 tonnes of zinc in 1977 to approximately 280,000 tonnes in 2010.

Hobart’s key products are SHG zinc, die cast alloys (branded ‘EZDA’) and CGG (continuous galvanising grade) alloys. In addition, the site produces by-products of cadmium, copper sulphate, paragoethite, lead sulphate leach concentrate and sulphuric acid.

The Hobart site was the original base load consumer for the development of Hydro Electricity in Tasmania. Competitive power costs, a deep water port and Australian sourced zinc concentrates have been recognised as the site’s historical competitive advantages which are now partially off set by higher freight costs for sales of finished products to South East Asian markets.

The Hobart Smelter employs approximately 600 people (both direct and contract employees) and continues to be a major contributor to Tasmania’s economy, representing around 25% of the State’s total exports.

The strong relationship the Smelter has with our community has been forged over many years and continues today through community meetings, community grants and sponsorships as well as by being an active participant in the community.

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Our History

Our History

Our history in Tasmania spans more than a century.

Making Zinc

    Meet Our People

    Meet Our People

    Our people make it happen

    It's nice to be acknowleged. Here are some of our achievements

    Awards

    Awards

    Some of our recent achievments

      Certifications

      Certifications

      Our national and international accreditations