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17th Annual Mineral Sands Conference

Australia’s key meeting place for the mineral sands industry.
15-16 March 2017 | Hyatt Regency Perth

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overview

Now in its 17th year Informa’s annual Mineral Sands Conference is coming to the Hyatt Regency Perth on the 15-16 March 2017. This well-established annual event is Australia’s only meeting place that offers comprehensive analysis of the Ti02 and Zircon markets and brings together Australia’s Mineral Sands leaders to discuss latest industry developments and future outlook.

The 2017 event is supported by the Zircon Industry Association and brings you an agenda that promises expert views from international guest speakers, leading industry analysts, updates from Australia’s current projects & operations and details on the latest topical issues for Mineral Sands industry.

What’s new for 2017?

  • Zircon Industry Association industry perspective
  • Day Two – Site visit to MZI Resources’ flagship Keysbrook Mineral Sands operation
  • End-user insights & innovations panel – 3D printing, Pigment, Tile production trends
  • Market influences – Examining China & India’s influence

 

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agenda

8:30 am

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Reg Adams, Managing Director, ARTIKOL (UK)

INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

9:10 am

  • Uncertain global economic climate
  • Changed identities of major players
  • Dwindling mineral reserves
  • Health & safety worries over TiO2
  • Other threats & opportunities
  • Future supply/demand scenarios
  • Outlook for prices & profits

9:50 am

Zircon supply vs demand - a view from both sides

Keven Harlow, Executive Director, Zircon Industry Association

10:30 am

Refreshment break

OPERATIONAL UPDATES

11:00 am

Industry outlook and business update from Iluka

Matthew Blackwell, Head of Sales and Marketing, Iluka Resources

11:40 am

  • Global operations & market conditions
  • Tronox’s Australian operations
  • 18 months of operational transformation
  • Future outlook

12:20 am

An update on the Keysbrook mining operation

Steve Ward, Interim Managing Director & CEO, MZI Resources

12:50 pm

Lunch

FOCUS ON CHINA

1:50 pm

China’s growing influence on the world titanium dioxide industry

David McCoy, Executive Director, TZ Minerals International Pty Ltd

2:30 pm

China’s Zircon supply, demand and downstream implications

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

3:10 pm

Refreshment break

SUPPLY CHAIN & TRANSPORTATION

3:40 pm

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

4:10 pm

Mining, integrating and transforming mineral sands resources: An update from Mineral Deposits Limited

Jozsef Patarica, Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Deposits Limited, Mineral Deposits Limited

4:50 pm

  • Strandline positioning for the next generation of minerals sands developments
  • Advancing the Zircon-Rich Fungoni Project ready for execution and near-term cashflow
  • Defining a potential pipeline of High Unit Value Titanium and Zircon Projects along the Tanzanian coastline

5:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:35 pm

Networking drinks

7:00 am

Day two conference proceedings will begin out of the conference room, with a site visit to MZI Resources’ flagship Keysbrook Mineral Sands operation. The tour will give delegates a first-hand view of the simple mining operations, water-based mineral concentration process, and ongoing rehabilitation activities. A bus will depart from the conference venue to the site at 7am.

The operation 70km south of Perth, cost approximately $75 million to construct and commenced operations in October 2015. The Project is designed to produce approximately 100,000 tonnes of high value leucoxene products and zircon concentrate annually, with a current reserve life of 16 years and potential to extend that beyond 30 years.

Note: All tour participants will be required to provide their own safety clothing. A full list will be provided prior to the site visit.

11:00 am

Refreshment break

11:25 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

Robert Sennitt, Chief Executive Officer, Mineral Deposits Limited

TECHNICAL APPLICATIONS FOR MINERAL SANDS

11:30 am

  • Overview of operating systems. Focus on long distance applications
  • Hydrotransport challenges of concentrate and tailings
  • Recommendations for test work, design and implementation of pipeline systems

12:10 pm

Technical options for producing premium quality zircon

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

12:40 pm

Lunch

END-USER INSIGHTS

1:40 pm

  • Examining market trends from the end-user’s perspective
  • What influences will this have on mineral sands market dynamics?

PROJECT UPDATES

2:20 pm

  • Thunderbird – the largest zircon rich deposit to be discovered in the last 30 years
  • BFS targeting high revenue to cost ratio
  • In Western Australia, the world’s most attractive mining jurisdiction1
  • Easy access to port infrastructure and markets

1 Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2015

2:50 pm

  • The NEW Image
  • Boonanarring/Atlas feasibility study update
  • Plan and schedule for transition to production
  • Update on Bidaminna Project

3:20 pm

  • Company and project overview
  • The story to date: Exploration and project development
  • Project Details
  • Project timeline and production outlook

3:50 pm

Q&A & OPEN DISCUSSION | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

pricing

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Event pricing

  • Early Bird – SAVE $200. Expires on 7 March 2017
  • Standard pricing registration – $3,195 + GST

Site Visit

MZI Resources’ flagship Keysbrook Mineral Sands operation

Day two conference proceedings will begin out of the conference room, with a site visit to MZI Resources’ flagship Keysbrook Mineral Sands operation. The tour will give delegates a first-hand view of the simple mining operations, water-based mineral concentration process, and ongoing rehabilitation activities. A bus will depart from the conference venue to the site at 7am.

The operation 70km south of Perth, cost approximately $75 million to construct and commenced operations in October 2015. The Project is designed to produce approximately 100,000 tonnes of high value leucoxene products and zircon concentrate annually, with a current reserve life of 16 years and potential to extend that beyond 30 years.

Keysbrook is the world’s largest primary producer of leucoxene, a naturally occurring material rich in titanium dioxide, similar to rutile, which is used to manufacture pigment in paints, paper and plastics as well as a range of industrial applications including titanium metal. Zircon is also a high value industrial commodity used in a range of applications including ceramics, abrasives, refractories and 3D printing powders.

Keysbrook is a significant economic contributor to the local Peel region. Most of the circa-$40 million annual operating expenditure for wages, services and supplies is spent within WA, while almost 90% of the 60 operational employees residing within a 30 minute radius of the site. The project has a soft environmental footprint, utilising chemical-free processing involving simple gravity-based washing and screening of shallow naturally occurring sands. No waste is produced with over 97% of all mined material returned to the ground and rehabilitated for pastoral use within 2-3 growing seasons.

Note: All tour participants will be required to provide their own safety clothing. A full list will be provided prior to the site visit.

speakers

reg-adams

Reg Adams

Managing Director, ARTIKOL (UK)

keven-harlow

Keven Harlow

Executive Director, Zircon Industry Association

Matthew Blackwell

Head of Sales and Marketing, Iluka Resources

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Russell Austin

General Manager Australia, Tronox Management Pty Ltd

steve-ward

Steve Ward

Interim Managing Director & CEO, MZI Resources

david-mccoy

David McCoy

Executive Director, TZ Minerals International Pty Ltd

xue-wang

Xue Wang

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

nicolas-fertin

Nicolas Fertin

Chief Executive Officer, Southern Ports Authority

jozsef-head

Jozsef Patarica

Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Deposits Limited, Mineral Deposits Limited

luke-graham

Luke Graham

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Strandline Resources Limited

rob-sennitt

Robert Sennitt

Chief Executive Officer, Mineral Deposits Limited

Andres Ortiz

Managing Director, Paterson & Cooke Australia

damian-connelly

Damian Connelly

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

javier-cabedo

Javier Cabedo

General Manager - SE Asia, Endeka Ceramics

bruce-mcfadzean

Bruce McFadzean

Managing Director, Sheffield Resources Ltd

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Patrick Mutz

Managing Director, Image Resources

Rob Bishop

Executive Chairman, Kalbar Resources

when & where

15 - 16 Mar 2017

Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace
Perth WA 6000
08 9225 1234

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+61 2 9080 4312
Richard.Beattie@informa.com.au

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Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4030
Megan.Rogulski@informa.com.au

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