History

1988

Astron became involved in two zirconium materials projects in China.

1992

Established Shenyang Astron Mining Industries Ltd importing zircon sand  and exporting zircon chemicals.

1996

Zircon flour factory at Zibo Shandong established.

1997

Set up zirconium chemical production JVs to expand  zirconium oxychloride and chemical zirconia capacity.

2000

The Bayuchuan factory was substantially expanded to produce fused zirconia.

2001

Astron Advanced Materials Ltd in England established to provide direct sales and product service for its European markets.

2004

Acquired Donald Mineral Sands, one of the largest enriched deposits of zircon sand  in the world.

2008

Sold Chinese zirconium chemical business to Imerys.

2009

Donald Project  Environmental Effects Statement approved.

2011

Purchased water rights to 7.0GL p.a. sufficient for Stages 1a and 1b of the Donald Project.

2012

Astron re-domiciles to Hong Kong.

2013

Release of feasibility study for DMS project.

2014

Capital return of $0.75 per share.

2015

Entry into an EPC contract with CMEC.

2016

Mining development and marketing.

MEDIA

Astron’s project definition statements are advancing with both the Senegal and Donald projects. Project and Engineering teams are currently advancing the Definitive Feasibility study for the Donald project in the Murray Basin Victoria.

Project milestones are continuing with Environmental, Engineering design, Infrastructure and operational preparedness activities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donald Mineral Sands (DMS) Project status:
Detailed Engineering and Definition Stage.

In 2019 DMS excavated a 1,000t run of mine (RoM) bulk sample of ore which was used for Wet Concentrator piloting works in 2020 using a purpose built 1:121 scale plant constructed in accordance with designs compiled during feasibility studies.  The resultant 24t of Heavy Mineral Concentrate (HMC) produced will be utilised for future test work and sales samples.

DMS are currently undertaking Rare Earth's floatation test work, preliminary results have indicated recoveries of up to 97% CeO2 and work is ongoing.

Further work around production and financial models, air and noise studies, rehabilitation program, Ore Reserve statement, logistics, risk profiling, project execution planning and infrastructure agreements will continue through the 2021 financial year. 

Senegal Mineral Sands Project status
Infrastructure planning & collaborative land access stage.

With several infrastructure contracts awarded, works await the acceptance and detailed collaborative access structure which will benefit both Astron's Senegalese subsidiary Senegal Mineral Resource (SMR) and the local villages through resource sharing, community development and social enterprise opportunities.

China processing status
Rebuild well underway.

Astron's new MIneral Separation processing plant has been successfully commissioned and is capable of processing up to 150,000tpa of ilmenite material for use as a high-quality feedstock for chlorination markets with TiO2 production plants in China.

Final stage commissioning of our Micro-agglomeration plant in Yingkou is underway, where expected monthly production volumes of up to 3,000t.

Testing and research and development facilities continue to be developed and upgraded.

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