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21st Annual Mineral Sands Conference

Australia’s key meeting place for the mineral sands industry.

10-11 August 2021 | Perth

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Join us on 1-2 December 2020 for the 21st Annual Mineral Sands Conference – Australia’s must-attend event for the mineral sands industry.

With the health and safety of our speakers, delegates and staff as our top priority, this year’s Mineral Sands conference will now run via our fully interactive virtual event platform.

We believe that by going virtual the event will greatly facilitate interstate and international attendees and speakers, as there is no need to worry about flights, accommodation, border closures, quarantine periods and other restrictions.

Global trade tensions and international economic uncertainty have impacted zircon producers and the difficult market conditions expected for at least the next six months create a challenging environment for the mineral sands industry. However a strong demand for high-grade titanium products put a more positive slant for the outlook beyond the next 6 months.

Once again this well-established event will deliver a comprehensive analysis and insight of the latest industry updates from industry players.

Some featuring topics:

  • Market outlooks for zircon and TiO2
  • Project and operation updates
  • Potential for the rare earths market and production
  • The impact of competition from cheaper, lower-grade products from Asia
  • End users perspective
  • Environmental issues and site rehabilitation case studies
  • Mineral processing trends
  • Transport and logistics

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from and network with your peers and the major industry players.

This year’s 21st Mineral Sands Conference will be run concurrently with the 23rd Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference as a key industry gathering and a networking opportunity not to be missed.


Reg Adams

Managing Director, Artikol London

Tim Carstens

Managing Director, Base Resources

Patrick Mutz

Managing Director, Image Resources

Dr Paul Gibson-Roy

Manager Ecological Restoration, Kalbar Operations

Patrick Leung

Director, Investments (Resources & WA), Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Murray Lines

Director, Stratum Resources

Abhinav Gupta

Analyst – Dry Cargo Research, Braemar ACM

Sean Molloy

CEO, Avertana

Cameron Perks

Consultant, TZMI

Dudley Kingsnorth

Professor, Western Australian School of Mining

Graham Howard

Managing Director, VHM Limited

Michael Winternitz

Project Manager & Senior Geologist, WIM Resource

Julian Stephens

Managing Director, Sovereign Metals

Greg Jones

Geological Services Manager, IHC ROBBINS

Matthew Urquhart

Engineering Manager - Projects, Mineral Technologies

Eileen Hao

Chairman, Wisdom Intelligence & Technology

Damian Connelly

Director / Principal Consulting Engineer, Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS)

Nick Ellis

Technology and Improvement Director Australia, Tronox

Bruce McFadzean

Managing Director, Sheffield Resources Ltd


Agenda timing is Australian Western Standard Time - AWST

9:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Reg Adams, Managing Director, Artikol London


9:35 am

  • Economic overview: world trade & GDP, energy prices, commodity cycles & investment climate
  • Supply/demand & prices for TiO2 pigment
  • Supply/demand & prices for mineral sand products
  • Dwindling ore grades & cost implications
  • Changing regional dynamics
  • Mergers, demergers & acquisitions throughout the value-chain
  • Addressing the issues of price volatility
  • Health & safety concerns
  • Carbon footprint & other environmental concerns
  • Key factors affecting the industry over the next 25 years

10:00 am

  • The benefits of vertical integration
  • An update on the Atlas Campaspe project


11:00 am

Morning break

11:20 am

Base Resources – delivering returns

Tim Carstens, Managing Director, Base Resources

11:50 am

Securing Critical Minerals for the Future

Graham Howard, Managing Director, VHM Limited

12:10 pm

  • Boonanarring Mineral Sands Project; 100%-owned, high-grade, zircon-rich
  • Located 80km north of Perth in infrastructure-rich North Perth Basin in WA
  • Construction and commissioning completed ‘on-time’ and ‘on-budget’
  • Ramped up to full production in 2nd month of operation (Jan 2019)
  • Profitable in Q1 2019; cashflow positive in Q2
  • Beat expectations for 3 QTRs through Sep 2019
  • 2020 forecast to be a banner year Image Resources NL

12:40 pm


Afternoon Chair

Cameron Perks, Consultant, TZMI

1:10 pm

  • Dry Bulk Supply and Demand Fundamentals
  • The Impact on Shipping Freight Rates for Mineral Sand Exporters


1:40 pm

Investing in the mineral sands industry – NAIF perspective

Patrick Leung, Director, Investments (Resources & WA), Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

2:10 pm

Technology showcase - Future proofing industrial minerals through truckless mining

Matt Urquhart, Engineering Manager - Projects, Mineral Technologies/Downer


2:30 pm

Developing the Thule Black Sands Project in Greenland

Greg Jones, Geological Services Manager, IHC ROBBINS

3:00 pm

WIM Test Pit & Demonstration Plant - a New Era for Mineral Sands

Michael Winternitz, Project Manager & Senior Geologist, WIM Resource

3:30 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

Agenda timing is Australian Western Standard Time - AWST

9:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:35 am

Global titanium feedstock market: outlook and review

Cameron Perks, Consultant, TZMI

10:00 am

Developing a new process for treating low-TiO2 slags and tailings

Sean Molloy, CEO, Avertana

10:25 am

  • Local/regional and national rarity of grassy woodland communities
  • Current landscape use
  • Securing seed supplies for restoration – seed production approaches
  • Approaches to re-establishing complex functional grassy communities
  • Integrating fauna into rehab
  • Examples of early success using planned techniques

10:50 am

  • Zircon supply in China
    Imported zircon sand from overseas
    Local zircon sand supply in China
  • Zirconium chemical production in China
    Capacity and production
    Products and applications
    Producer analysis
    New projects and expansion
  • Fused zirconia industry in China
    China’s export and import of zirconium products
    Government policies and impacts

11:20 am

Morning break


11:50 am

  • Mine to Showroom for a Hybrid – the big picture
  • The rare earths market today
  • Impact of Covid19 on demand
  • The conundrum that is the rare earths industry in China
  • The situation to day – in China and ROW
  • Criteria for a successful Australian rare earths project.

12:20 pm


Afternoon Chair

Reg Adams, Managing Director, Artikol London

1:10 pm

Monazite - Economic source of rare earth elements or fuel for the future?

Murray Lines, Director, Stratum Resources


1:40 pm

Processing Options For Mineral Sands With A High Slimes Content

Damian Connelly, Director / Principal Consulting Engineer, Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS)


2:10 pm

2:40 pm

CLOSE | Closing remarks from the Chair

Close of Conference





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Sponsorship Opportunities

Brand your company across this virtual event from the safety of your home or office. The virtual Forum is fully interactive, sophisticated and will enable you to connect with industry thought-leaders.

You will have access to the same great content, hear from leading experts and access unique networking and business development opportunities with key decisions makers. Our virtual platform will allow you to engage directly with attendees through meetings, video link, chat, live product demos, and virtual exhibits.

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
T: +61 (0)421 048 191

Benefits to attending virtually

Why attend Mineral Sands Conference Virtually?

Content is King: Enjoy Curated Content
With two days of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Accessible from your devices
Learning and networking is now at your fingertips – the conferences and matchmaking platform is accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices

Time Efficient and Cost Saving
Save on travelling time and accommodation costs while getting in touch with industry professionals without geographical boundaries

Business Matchmaking Live
Connect and meet with fellow attendees from all over the world by taking advantage of the AI powered matchmaking within the virtual platform.

Live and On-Demand
Wherever you are in the world, view the presentations at your leisure – either live or on-demand you’ll never miss a session.

Engage with our expert speakers
Make the most of your virtual experience by keeping updated with the latest insights and discussions, all while engaging with speakers through live polls, Q&A and more!


View our virtual platform in the video below.

when & where

10 - 11 Aug 2021


Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4313

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (0)421 048 191

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