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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


Co-located with the 22nd Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference and the 2nd Lithium & Battery Metals Conference. One registration provides access to all three events.

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.


8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Reg Adams, Managing Director, ARTIKOL (UK)


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

Australia's Newest Mineral Sands Miner

John McEvoy, CFO, Image Resources

12:10 pm

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

12:40 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
  • 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

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. Roughly, any material with a threshold value above 0,1 Becquerel per gram is classified by the UN as a Class 7 “radioactive material” subject to certain regulations on handling and shipment. The threshold value for such regulations is even lower in some jurisdictions, and there is a tendency for the regulations to become tighter still. 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.

9:50 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?

10:20 am

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

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


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

Qemscan allows characterisation which provides better ore characterisation. There has been development of scalping units for low grade deposits and improved spirals (CT). The use of reflux classifiers has also found unique applications.

Optimisation of wet concentrators through modelling and simulation including modelling of specific units. The development of novel analytical techniques using heavy liquid separations from samples around the concentrator.

The optimisation of dry plants is a critical area where products are made and final specification is achieved. The innovations with magnetic and electrostatic separators is discussed


2:40 pm

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

3:40 pm

CLOSE | Closing remarks from the Chair

Afternoon tea


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


Reg Adams

Managing Director, ARTIKOL (UK)

Simon Hay

Head of Resource Development, Iluka Resources Limited

Bruce McFadzean

Managing Director, Sheffield Resources Ltd

John McEvoy

CFO, Image Resources

Peter Malpas

Director, Braemer

David McCoy

Chairman, TZMI

Steve Forrest

Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific, Cristal

Ms Xue Wang

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

Peter Mangano

Senior Executive, Kalbar Resources

Michael Winternitz

Project Manager, WIM Resource Pty Ltd

Louis Gallois

Business Development Manager, Orano TN France

Carolyn Balint

Senior Principal ESIA, Coffey

Tim Carstens

Managing Director, Base Resources

Mark McCauley

Managing Director, Melior Resources

Graham Howard

Managing Director, VHM Exploration

Dr Kathie McGregor

Cluster Leader Processing, CSIRO Mineral Resources

Damian Connelly

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

Alister MacDonald

General Manager - Marketing, Alkane Resources

Andrew Law

Executive Director, Relentless Resources

The Minerals & Investment Week

The Minerals & Investment Week is the key industry gathering providing expert insights for Australia’s resources community. With multiple conferences 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 and the 2nd Annual Lithium & Battery Metals 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.

Single registration provides access to all participating events. Register online via ANY of the following pages:

Global Iron Ore & Steel 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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