Research and Development

One of Astron’s focuses has always been in the research and development of new production processes for the manufacturing of advanced chemicals and metals. We are currently investigating new technologies to produce lower cost metals and chemicals.

To ensure the continued growth in the pipeline of expansion opportunities Astron has its own in-house research facility in China. The focus of this R&D capability is around products allied to additives for road paint, synthetic rutile and fluoride processes.

The chemistry of these products provides tremendous and exciting potential for new business opportunities for Astron. Astron’s commitment and dedication to understanding titanium and zirconium metallurgy and chemistry and developing new products applications sets it apart from its competitors. The Astron R&D focus is to create solutions that allow our customers to be more successful.

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

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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