Located at the southern foot of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, the Liuzhai-Hechi Expressway overcame many challenges during its construction. Since opening to traffic in 2012, it has created many development opportunities for enterprises along its length.
Hechi's Nandan county is rich in mineral resources and is known as "the hometown of non-ferrous metals in China". Nandan lacked an expressway in the past, making transportation difficult and overseas trade opportunities restricted.
Now, it takes just 12 hours to get to Nandan from Zhanjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong province. This not only greatly reduces transportation costs, but also improves transportation volumes and ensures the safety of goods.
Thanks to the development of the expressway network, 12 large and medium-sized enterprises have settled in Nandan Industrial Park, making it the largest lead and zinc production base in China.
Nanfang Nonferrous Group, an enterprise located at Nandan Industrial Park, has developed China's largest lead and zinc production base, with the highest zinc ingot production volume in China. The enterprise had an operating income of 32.31 billion yuan ($5.1 billion) in 2020.
The total industrial output value of enterprises in the park reached 16.7 billion yuan in 2020, a year-on-year growth of 8.8 percent. According to the park's project construction and development plan, it is expected to become the world's largest lead and zinc production base by 2025.