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Alex Brown
Managing Director - Astron Corporation Limited

Mr. Alexander Brown was the founder for Astron Ltd., born and well educated in New Zealand. In 1964, Alex started his career as a farm Management Consultant in Western Australia, involved in construction and subsequently set up his own steel fabrication business. In 1982, he expanded his business into mineral exploration and mining, designing and developing the Horseshoe Lights Gold Mine at Meekathara, W.A. which was listed on Australian Stock Exchange as Australian Mining Investments Ltd. This Company then in 1985 acquired and expanded the Gunnedah Coal Mine in NSW, completed the design, feasibility study and approvals for the Glennies Creek Coal project in Hunter Valley which sponsored the formation of Astron. In 1986, Astron successfully drilled for oil and gas in Thailand and the U.S.A. He also operated in Malaysia and later this business was transferred to a Chinese company. In 1987, Astron began its business in China. His advanced management experiences from overseas were combined with rapidly developing market in China to build up Astron China to be one of the biggest zircon chemical product producers in the world. In the 2009 BRW magazine in Australia, Mr. Brown was listed on the 33rd of the Rich List of Top 200 ASX Listed company executives.


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.


Milestones achieved in the 3rd Quarter of 2016 continue to return cost effective outcomes for the business’s future. Achieved and planned milestones for 2016 include:

  • Submission of the Donald Site Work Plan Q4 2016
  • Donald Mineral Sands – Definitive Feasibility Study Q4 2016
  • Pre-Feasibility Engineering design of the Mineral Separation Plant commenced Q3 2016
  • Procurement and Engineering Technical reviews in both China and Australia commenced Q3 2016
  • Feasibility Design of the Donald Site Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) completed Q3 2016
  • Logistics, Infrastructure and Civil designs completed Q3 2016
  • Project Execution and Packaging Plans completed Q3 2016


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