Alpha HPA to produce first synthetic sapphire

Downstream mineral processor Alpha HPA has announced that its plans to construct Australia’s first growth facilities for synthetic sapphire used in high technology industries are advancing at Gladstone in Queensland. The company is commercialising sapphire production utilising the Austrian Ebner-Fametec sapphire growth technology utilising Alpha’s high purity alumina feedstock. Sapphire glass is ultra-pure glass used…

Critical mineral nickel slump spurs government action

A slump in prices for the critical mineral nickel – used in battery manufacture – has brought action from the federal and Western Australian governments. In the past few days federal Resources Minister Madeleine King placed nickel on the Critical Minerals List, giving nickel companies opportunity to access billions of dollars in Commonwealth funding. And…

Avenira completes cathode process design

Phosphate chemicals producer Avenira has announced that its industrial technology partner Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry (Aleees) has completed basic process design for its planned lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery cathode materials plant. Taiwan’s Aleees is one of the few LFP battery materials producer outside China with complete LFP manufacturing capabilities and patents for electric vehicle storage…

Alpha HPA battery anode plant nears completion

Critical aluminium materials manufacturer Alpha HPA is nearing the completion of upgrades to its small-scale, commercial high purity alumina (HPA) production facility in Gladstone, Queensland. Supported by a $15.5 million grant awarded under the federal government’s Critical Minerals Development Program, the upgrade will add a HPA circuit including an HPA tunnel kiln and five rotary…