Australian Strategic Materials will produce a range of zirconium, hafnium, rare earth (including praseodymium and neodymium) and niobium materials. These products will be available in a range of standard and customised specifications for use in many current and future technologies. With the exception of some rare earths, these materials will be produced onsite at Australian Strategic Materials Dubbo Project in Australia, offering a source of critical technology metals that is independent of China and traditional titanium sands production.
Australian Strategic Materials will produce zirconium as zirconium chemicals and chemical zirconia (zirconium dioxide) in two basic grades – a standard grade and a high-purity (low hafnium) grade at a range of product specifications.
Hafnium will be produced as both hafnium chloride and hafnium dioxide powders at a number of different product specifications – ideal for a diverse range of applications and future industries. This represents a unique source of hafnium that is independent of the nuclear zirconium industry.
Rare earth elements (REE)
A large suite of rare earth oxides will be produced by Australian Strategic Materials’s Dubbo Project. These include several specifications of the high-demand magnet rare earths, praseodymium and neodymium. The Dubbo Project represents one of the most significant sources of rare earth elements outside China.
Australian Strategic Materials will produce ferro-niobium in the form of crushed ingots via a joint-venture with Treibacher Industrie. A range of different specifications will be available, depending on market demand for various impurities. This will be the only Australian source of ferro-niobium.
Sustainable supply chain
Australian Strategic Materials is committed to upholding the most stringent of social and environmental standards for the mining and processing of our products. Many of our products will be produced onsite in Australia, with others to be produced and marketed globally by exclusive partners.
About the Dubbo Project
The Dubbo Project is currently in development by Australian Strategic Materials at Toongi, near Dubbo in Central Western New South Wales, Australia. Representing a potential strategic supply of many critical minerals, the Dubbo Project has a potential mine life of 70+ years and is the most advanced poly-metallic project of its kind outside China.
Critical elements for future technologies
Australian Strategic Materials products are all critical elements used in new materials and technologies that underpin many of the megatrends driving today’s global economy – all in the quest for technologies and solutions that are faster, stronger, cleaner, smaller, lighter and safer. Moreover, several of these megatrends are converging, creating growth rates much higher than historical levels.
Rare earth permanent magnets are a key feature of wind turbine motors, while hafnium has emerging application in a range of other clean energy technologies. Zirconium, niobium and hafnium are also used in the nuclear power industry.
Several rare earth elements and yttrium are needed for motors, batteries, sensors and other smart components of electric vehicles. Zirconium, hafnium and niobium are used in several aerospace applications, including high-temperature alloys and ceramics.
New detection and imaging technologies in health are relying on rare earth elements and niobium, while zirconium is used in kidney dialysis, and an emerging cancer treatment technique uses hafnium oxide particles. Robotic devices will also assist with surgery and patient care.
Automation and AI
Communication between smart devices, vehicles and buildings is becoming known as the Internet of Things. This, along with artificial intelligence and robotics, relies on a host of new microelectronics, ICT and sensor technologies that in turn incorporate rare earths, hafnium and yttrium.