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22nd Annual Mineral Sands Conference

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

16-17 November 2021 (AWST) | Crown, Perth

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Early bird rate expires 15 October 2021


The 22nd annual Mineral Sands Conference will be hosted on 16th and 17th November 2021 at the Crown Perth – Australia’s must-attend event for the Mineral Sands industry.

Expect to hear about the latest market insights, views from international guest speakers, updates from Australia’s current projects and operations, plus more!

As market conditions improve – booming demand on one side and supply shortages on the other side – the 22nd Annual Mineral Sands Conference will provide the perfect opportunity for the region’s industry executives, project directors, analysts, fund manager, engineering firms, industry suppliers and many more to come together to reconnect and re-engage for 2 days of presentations, discussions, networking functions and private meetings.

Some key topics to be addressed:

  • 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 user’s perspective
  • Environmental issues and site rehabilitation case studies
  • Investment in potential new projects in Australia
  • Mineral processing trends
  • Transport and logistics

The 22nd annual Mineral Sands Conference is your opportunity to keep ahead of industry developments and meet with the key project players!


Reg Adams

Managing Director, Artikol London

Mathew Blackwell

Head of Major Projects and Marketing, Iluka Resources Limited

Annette Elliott

Managing Director Australia, Tronox Holdings

Patrick Mutz

Managing Director, Image Resources

Tim Carstens

Managing Director, Base Resources

Luke Graham

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Strandline Resources Limited

Murray Lines

Director, Stratum Resources

Tiger Brown

Managing Director, Astron Limited

Abhinav Gupta

Research Dry Cargo, Braemar ACM Shipbroking

Mark Saxon

President & CEO, Medallion Resources

Michael Winternitz

Director of Projects, WIM Resources

David McCoy

Executive Chairman, TZMI

Damian Connelly

Principal Consulting Engineer, METS Engineering

Ray Mudgway

Managing Director, Westland Mineral Sands Co. New Zealand

Bruce Griffin

Executive Chairman, Sheffield Resources

Michael Carvill

Manager Director, Kenmare Resources plc

Brenda Van Rhyn

Regional Manager Western Australia, Mineral Technologies/Downer

Sean O’Donnell

Engineering Manager Western Australia, Mineral Technologies/Downer

Julian Stephens

Managing Director, Sovereign Metals Ltd


Agenda timing is Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:05 am

  • Economic growth, world trade & investment climate
  • Mineral sands value-chain
  • Supply/demand in the major end-use sectors
  • Mergers/acquisitions & changing industry structures
  • New projects & new industry entrants
  • Challenges & opportunities facing the industry
  • Future scenarios for the mineral sands industry

9:35 am

Keynote Presentation

Mathew Blackwell, Head of Major Projects and Marketing, Iluka Resources Limited

10:05 am


10:35 am

  • Update on early works, BFS and financing
  • Pathway to FID, construction and production

11:05 am

Morning break

11:35 am

12:05 pm

  • Coburn project in WA fully-funded to production & cashflow
  • Construction is underway with first production scheduled for late next year
  • Exciting Tanzania growth projects with +30 year production profile

12:35 pm


12:45 pm


1:45 pm

  • Overview of our company Westland Mineral Sands Co. Ltd
  • The licences, areas and sand content that we have and are developing
  • Our plans and ambitions


2:45 pm

Avonbank Heavy Mineral Sands Project - Feasibility & Development Update

Michael Winternitz, Director of Projects, WIM Resources

3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

3:45 pm

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION | Kenmare Resources - The world’s largest supplier of ilmenite

Michael Carvill, Manager Director, Kenmare Resources plc

4:15 pm

The role and effects of COVID-19 on the nationwide skills shortage across the mining industry

4:45 pm


6:00 pm

CLOSE | Close of Day 1

Agenda timing is Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

Established, Profitable Australian Mining Company

Patrick Mutz, Managing Director, Image Resources


9:40 am

The outlook for rare earths market for 2021 and beyond

Murray Lines, Director, Stratum Resources

10:10 am

  • Optimizing the use of all mined materials is critical to minimise the impact of mining
  • Extracting value from by-products mineral and metals provides an excellent opportunity for both improved sustainability and financial gain
  • Mineral sand monazite is an abundant and geographically diverse feedstock rich in rare earth elements. Extracting and separating REEs from monazite can add substantial value to mineral sand projects while reducing waste and off setting the need for new mining
  • Medallion Resources has developed best-in-class technologies for the safe and sustainable extraction and separation of REEs

10:50 am

Morning break

11:20 am

  • Rutile market overview
  • Geological results
  • Kasiya deposit in Malawi

11:50 am

Market review on Chinese titanium industry and trend

David McCoy, Executive Chairman, TZMI

12:20 pm


12:30 pm



1:30 pm

Astron Corporation – developing two projects - Donald in Australia, and Niafarang, Senegal

Tiger Brown, Managing Director, Astron Limited


2:00 pm

With environmental management a key challenge for mining operators, our teams are focusing on delivering low impact solutions that utilise minimum resources (water, plant construction materials, etc) whilst maintaining high grade and recovery.

2:30 pm

Spirals have been the backbone of mineral sands plants since 1943. The Reflux Classifier invented by Kevin Galvin at the University of New South wales has the potential to offer greater efficiency and simpler flowsheets with lower capital costs. This would be a transformational technology change if it is taken up by the industry.

The Reflux Classifier incorporates a “laminar high shear rate” mechanism, which represents the latest in fine particle gravity based separation technology. The lamella section enhances the efficiency/capacity of the Reflux Classifier, producing a more compact, higher efficient separation unit when compared to competing fine coal and mineral processing equipment such as spirals, up-current classifiers and teeter bed separators. Recently FL Smidth has launched its modular Reflux Classifier plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications.

Recent piloting and applications are cited and discussed in detail including operating history

3:00 pm

CLOSE | Closing remarks from the Chair




Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3195$2695+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass$1900+GST

Early bird rate expires 15 October 2021

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Reconnect and Re-engage with your industry peers at this year’s 22nd Annual Mineral Sands Conference

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, lunches and refreshment breaks making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
T: +61 (0)2 9080 4334

when & where

16 - 17 Nov 2021

Crown Perth
Great Eastern Highway,
Burswood WA 6100
Phone: 1800 556 688,


Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (0)2 9080 4334

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