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21st Annual Mineral Sands Conference

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

1-2 December 2020 | The Westin Perth

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

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.

In light of the ongoing situation the Mineral Sands Conference will be delivered as a physical event with virtual components making the event accessible for delegates from across Australia and the globe. We are adding additional measures to ensure the safety of our speakers and delegates on site, and we are continually reviewing government recommendations as they appear to make any adjustments necessary.





8:30 am

Registration and Morning Coffee


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Reg Adams, Managing Director, Artikol London

9:10 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

9:50 am

Integration and Transformation: Impacts on the global TiO2 Industry

Russell Austin, Managing Director Australia, Tronox


10:30 am

  • Thunderbird is one of the largest undeveloped zircon rich deposits globally
  • Thunderbird will be a globally dominant zircon producing project for 37 years
  • Australia is a very stable mining jurisdiction
  • Thunderbird is fully permitted
  • Global zircon supply issues will emerge from 2020
  • Global high grade TiO2 feedstock supply issues are already emerging

11:00 am

Refreshment break

11:40 am

  • The next phase of Kwale Operations and mine life extension
  • Toliara Project DFS outcomes and progress report

12:10 pm

Securing Critical Minerals for the Future

Graham Howard, Managing Director, VHM Limited

12:40 pm


1:50 pm

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


2:20 pm

Investing in the mineral sands industry – NAIF perspective

Peter Ross, Executive Director, Origination (WA) Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Technology showcase - Future proofing industrial minerals through truckless mining

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

3:20 pm

Refreshment break

3:30 pm


4:00 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

4:30 pm

Developing the Thule Black Sands Project in Greenland

Greg Jones, Geological Services Manager, IHC ROBBINS

5:00 pm

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

Michael Winternitz, Project Manager & Senior Geologist, WIM Resource

5:20 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:30 pm

Networking function

8:30 am

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  • Demand weakness in 2019, followed by a recovery in 2020 and 2021
  • Decline in global sulfate feedstock supply offset by an increase in ilmenite output from China
  • What does an increase in chloride slag output mean for ilmenite supply, and what does it mean for metals and welding segments?
  • What new supply is likely to come online in 2020 and beyond?

9:40 am

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

Sean Molloy, CEO, Avertana

10:10 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

10:40 am

Refreshment break


11:10 am

The Rare Earths Market in 2020 - Opportunities for Australia

Dudley Kingsnorth, Professor, Western Australia School of Mining

11:40 am

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

Murray Lines, Director, Stratum Resources

12:10 pm

  • Review of the EPBC Act occurs every 10 years, setting the Commonwealth environmental regulatory framework for the next decade
  • The nuclear trigger will be one of the aspects examined which will impact the mineral sands industry
  • How can the mineral sands industry engage with the Commonwealth over regulatory reform

12:40 pm



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

Clean metals process for zirconium and other technology metals

Alister MacDonald, General Manager - Marketing, Alkane Resources

2:40 pm

3:10 pm

CLOSE | Closing remarks from the Chair

Afternoon break and close of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3195+GST
Virtual Pass$2396+GST

Important • Virtual Pass bookings

For Virtual Pass bookings, please read below before proceeding:

  • All delegate registrations must use their own email address to ensure each delegate receives a unique password to join the digital event. You cannot use one email for multiple profiles.
  • If your company is not based in Australia, check the GST box on the next page as you are not required to pay GST.
  • Online Access Pass: Delegates attending the event online, via our digital platform. Not physically attending.
  • Package(Two Days): Delegates attending the event in person.


Russell Austin

Managing Director Australia, Tronox

Reg Adams

Managing Director, Artikol London

Tim Carstens

Managing Director, Base Resources

Bruce McFadzean

Managing Director, Sheffield Resources Ltd

Patrick Mutz

Managing Director, Image Resources

Carolyn Balint

Senior Principal Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Consultant, Coffey International Ltd

Dr Paul Gibson-Roy

Manager Ecological Restoration, Kalbar Resources

Peter Ross

Executive Director, Origination (WA) Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Hugh Stackpool

Director, Petra Capital

Murray Lines

Director, Stratum Resources

Luke Graham

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Strandline Resources Limited

Abhinav Gupta

Analyst – Dry Cargo Research, Braemar ACM

Sean Molloy

CEO, Avertana

Cameron Perks

Consultant, TZMI

Dudley Kingsnorth

Professor, Western Australia 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

Can't Attend in Person?

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

01 - 02 Dec 2020

The Westin Perth
480 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
+61 (08) 6559 1888

We have secured an accommodation rate of $265* per room per night for conference attendees at The Westin Perth for the nights of the 17-19 March 2020 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until Monday 17 February 2020, unless sold out prior.

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Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4313

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4030

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