Alkane invests in technology to process zirconia and rare earths

Minerals technology company, Alkane Resources (ASX: ALK) has signed an agreement with a South Korean firm to develop new methods for refining zirconium and rare earths using an electrolytic process. Alkane, through its subsidiary, Australian Strategic Metals will invest $1.8 million in a pilot plant being developed by Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation. The plant will…

Leigh Creek Energy readies to sell gas for industrial use

In-situ coal gasification developer, Leigh Creek Energy (ASX: LCK) is closer to commercialising its extensive South Australian gas reserves. The company has received further certification of the gas reserve associated with the former Leigh Creek brown coal mine in SA and is advancing planning with strategic partners. Leigh Creek has successfully demonstrated underground coal gasification…

Drought, floods and plant closure hits Incitec Pivot

Chemicals, fertiliser and explosives manufacturer, Incitec Pivot (ASX: IPL) has reported big hits to its profits from a number of weather-related events and the closure of its Portland, Victoria super phosphate factory. The closure costs, along with drought in eastern Australia and cyclonic floods in the Townsville region, were outlined in a report to the…

Titomic enters Japanese and Korean markets

Metal additive manufacturing company, Titomic (ASX: TTT) has expanded its global distribution network for its unique metals and materials technology and manufacturing business. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with Osaka Titanium Technologies (OTC) and Marubeni Corporation to be its distributor in Japan and South Korea. The agreement also givers Titomic access to a…

Element 25 to trial mineral processing with renewables

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has funded metals company Element 25 (ASX: E25) to trial the use of variable renewable energy in processing manganese. Manganese is produces from its salts through an electrowinning process and normally relies on continuous grid connected sources of electricity. The one million dollar project will involve laboratory testing to…