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20th Annual Mineral Sands Conference

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

20-21 March 2019 | Crown Perth, WA

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Single registration for 4 industry conferences // See pricing below


Join us on 20-21 March 2019 at the Crown Perth for the 20th Annual Mineral Sands Conference – Australia’s must-attend event for the mineral sands industry.

With a positive outlook for mineral sands products, this well-established event is the only Australian conference offering a comprehensive analysis of the latest industry updates.

Over two days, gain exclusive insight into the latest projects, major industry developments and market outlooks for Tio2 and Zircon. Key topics also include project and operation updates, logistics and infrastructure, export trends, raising capital and project financing plus much more.

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


8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • Macro background: economic growth, demographics & investment climate
  • Drivers of demand for titanium & zirconium minerals
  • Mineral sands value-chain
  • Role of TiO2 & zircon in major end-use sectors: why are they needed?
  • Pigment supply/demand & the outlook for prices & profits
  • Industry structure: mergers & acquisitions, new entrants
  • Mineral sands as an investment option
  • Key influences on the industry’s evolution over the next two decades

9:50 am

Industry outlook and Iluka’s approach

Simon Hay, Head of Resource Development, Iluka Resources Limited

10:30 am

Refreshment break


11:00 am

  • Thunderbird is now fully permitted and construction ready
  • Potential strategic partner process commenced to finalise funding
  • EPC contract finalised, Taurus and NAIF debt secured
  • 42 year mine life in the world’s best mining jurisdiction
  • Globally significant zircon and ilmenite production
  • Ideally positioned to meet emerging supply shortages in the global zircon and TiO2 market
  • Robust mineral sands supply and demand dynamics
  • High quality products
  • Potential for material exploration upside

11:40 am

  • Outstanding operational performance
  • Value enhancement at the Kwale Operations
  • A strong platform for growth

12:20 pm

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

12:50 pm


1:50 pm

Complexities facing pigment producers in sourcing long term, consistent supply

David McCoy, Chairman, TZMI

2:20 pm

The TiO2 value-chain - A perspective from the downstream end

Steve Forrest, Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific, Cristal

3:00 pm

  • China’s economy and impacts on minerals
  • The state of China’s zircon industry
  • The Chinese Ti market
  • Prices

3:30 pm

Refreshment break


4:00 pm

  • Project overview and schedule
  • Mining and processing methods
  • Transportation and markets

4:30 pm

  • WIM’s vision – Think Ahead, Move Ahead
  • Current Portfolio
  • Avonbank Maiden Reserve
  • Demonstration Plant
  • Project Approvals & Timelines

5:00 pm

Open discussion and closing remarks from the Chair

5:30 pm

Networking drinks

8:30 am

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

Facilitating efficient supply chains

Speaker to be advised,

9:50 am

In beach sand and alluvial deposits, titanium, rare earths and
zirconium minerals often occur in association with radioactive
uranium and thorium isotopes. After processing the ore, these
isotopes may then show up as trace constituents in the heavy
mineral concentrates or final products which need to be transported.

Therefore, producers, traders, importers, shippers and customers of mineral sands need to be well advised as to how to comply with the legal complexities during transport and in ports. In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges facing the mineral sands industry and propose workable solutions.

10:20 am

  • New challenges in regulatory processes
  • How is permitting mineral sands projects different to other commodities?
  • How has the approvals landscape changed in the last 25 years?

10:50 am

Refreshment break


11:20 am

  • Project overview and economics
  • Commissioning progress and potential project upside
  • Product marketing

11:50 am

Goschen Project - Building a world-leading Mineral Sands and Rare Earth Project

Graham Howard, Managing Director, VHM Exploration

12:00 pm

Presentation to be advised

Speaker to be advised,

12:30 pm



1:40 pm

Titanomagnetite ores are a potential resource of pig iron, rutile and vanadium. Using a combination of high temperature and hydrometallurgical processing, the full value of components of the ore can be recovered. The recovery of major by-products such as rutile and vanadium may be decisive in orebody economics or in the choice of the processing route. Iron is usually recovered through direct reduction processes where lower rank and hence cheaper coal is used. A subsequent melting or refining stage can produce pig iron as the main product. Rutile can be recovered from the slag phase through careful control of the slag chemistry and the application of mineral beneficiation techniques. Vanadium is usually recovered through roasting a vanadium rich slag with sodium salts to form water soluble sodium vanadate solutions. In this presentation we consider the technical options available in the processing of titanomagnetite ores with particular reference to value recovery.

2:10 pm

Recent Strategic Advances With Mineral Sands Beneficiation

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


2:40 pm

  • Growth prospects and challenges
  • Environmental issues for air, water, and soil
  • Alkane’s Dubbo Project

3:10 pm

The Boonanarring Project – an update

Patrick Mutz, Managing Director, Image Resources

3:30 pm

4:00 pm

CLOSE | Closing remarks from the Chair

Afternoon break and close of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3195+GSTEarly Bird


Reg Adams

Managing Director, ARTIKOL (UK)

Simon Hay

Head of Resource Development, Iluka Resources Limited

Tim Carstens

Managing Director, Base Resources

Bruce McFadzean

Managing Director, Sheffield Resources Ltd

Patrick Mutz

Managing Director, Image Resources

David McCoy

Chairman, TZMI

Neil O’Loughlin

Managing Director, Kalbar Resources

Mark McCauley

Managing Director, Melior Resources

Andrew Law

Executive Director, Relentless Resources

Graham Howard

Managing Director, VHM Exploration

Dr Xue Wang

Vice President, Beijing Ruidow Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Dr Kathie McGregor

Cluster Leader Processing, CSIRO Mineral Resources

Louis Gallois

Business Development Manager, Orano TN France

Peter Malpas

Director, Braemer

Alister MacDonald

General Manager - Marketing, Alkane Resources

Michael Winternitz

Project Manager, WIM Resource Pty Ltd

Carolyn Balint

Senior Principal ESIA, Coffey

Steve Forrest

Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific, Cristal

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The Minerals & Investment Week

The Minerals & Investment Week is the key industry gathering providing expert insights for Australia’s resources community. Comprising four conferences all under the one roof, delegates can select sessions and plan a unique track to suit their individual needs.

This year’s participating conferences are the 22nd Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, 20th Annual Mineral Sands Conference, 2nd Annual Lithium & Battery Metals Conference, and the inaugural Asia-Pacific Nickel Conference.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to hear exclusive market updates and network with leaders from across the entire mining and resources industry. Please join us on 20-21 March 2019 at Crown Perth.

Register to attend any of the conferences and receive access to all four events!

Global Iron Ore & Steel   Asia-Pacific Nickel   Lithium & Battery Metals

when & where

20 - 21 Mar 2019

Crown Perth
Great Eastern Highway
Burswood WA 6100
1800 556 688

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.

Special accommodation rates are available via the Crown Hotels website. Please quote “EVENT658897” in the promotional code field to receive your negotiated event rate, Click here for more information.


Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4313

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4030

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