Australia and France to cooperate on critical Minerals

Australia and France have signed an agreement to pursue stronger cooperation on critical mineral supply chains, opening the way for co-operation in developing critical mineral processing supply chains. The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King signed the Bilateral Dialogue on Critical Minerals agreement in Paris with France’s Minister for the Energy Transition Agnès…

Alpha HPA to move downstream to synthetic sapphire

Aluminium materials manufacturer Alpha HPA is to move to downstream processing to produce synthetic sapphire from high purity alumina (HPA) sourced from its refinery at Gladstone, Queensland. Stage One Precursor Production Facility (PPF) in Gladstone is now in operation, producing 99.999 per cent high purity alumina (HPA) coating pre-cursor material for use in manufacturing lithium-ion…

Avenira secures technology for battery cathode manufacturing

Phosphate chemicals producer Avenira has secured a manufacturing technology partner for its proposed lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery cathode materials plant planned for Darwin in the Northern Territory. The company, which is developing a phosphate mine at Wonarah in the Territory and a cathode plant at Darwin’s Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct, signed a technology…

Merger creates vanadium battery metal powerhouse

A merger between two Western Australian vanadium development companies will create a powerful, globally relevant business developing materials used in the burgeoning market for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) and Technology Metals Australia are to merge, bringing together their adjoining mining leases at Gabanintha, south of Meekatharra in Western Australia, where…

Calix rebounds on sales, critical industries technologies

Industrial technologies developer Calix has reported strong FY23 results underpinned by its traditional water treatment business and novel technologies that have positioned it as a leader in decarbonisation of the cement sector, lithium processing and advanced battery materials. The company reported revenue up 43 percent to $29.6 million underpinned by its US and Asia Pacific…

Element 25 warms to pre cathode material production plant

A feasibility study for manganese miner Element 25 has demonstrated ‘compelling economics’ for the proposed first ever US based battery grade high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) facility planned by the company. HPMSM is required for the production of pre-cathode active materials (pCAM) used in EV batteries. The proposed facility would take manganese from the…