Alpha HPA grows first synthetic sapphire used in LED lights

Aluminium chemicals company Alpha HPA’s Alpha Sapphire has successfully grown the first ~300kg of synthetic sapphire crystal boules (pictured) in maiden growth runs from the company’s first two sapphire growth units at the facility in Gladstone, Queensland. The facility, which recently achieved its first small scale commercial production of high purity aluminium nitrate (Al-nitrate,) produced…

Renewable Metals recycling plant to be built in the UK

The largest end-of-life vehicle recycler in the UK, EMR has acquired ‘a significant stake’ in Australian recycling company Renewable Metals in a multi-million dollar deal which will see a novel demonstration-scale battery shredding and critical minerals refining plant built in the UK. Renewable Metals has developed a highly differentiated recycling process which has fewer steps…

Government funder assesses Element 25 manganese project

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has completed a strategic assessment of manganese miner Element 25‘s Butcherbird Stage 2 expansion project. Butcherbird will export manganese to a high-purity manganese sulphate (HPMSM) refinery in Louisiana USA to supply the US electric vehicle battery industry. Element 25 Managing Director Justin Brown said: “The results of our Feasibility…