Australian Strategic Materials (ASM), which just weeks ago confirmed it acquired its Korean JV partner Ziron Tech, has confirmed commercial scalability for its metallisation process.
At its facility in Korea, ASM said it has produced 120 kg of titanium copper alloy with 99.5% purity. It achieved two 60-kg runs of the alloy at a rate of about 1,000 kg per day, it noted.
The recorded rate is much above its target of 250 kg per day, which was initially outlined in early November in its agreement with Dongkuk Refractories and Steel.
ASM Managing Director David Woodall said the key to success in its demonstration activities was the improvements to its metallisation process, which realised a rise in metal recoveries of more than double since its pilot plant test work.
ASM’s focus now will be to fast-track its development of a larger metals plant in Korea through its agreement with DK R&S.
“The successful commercial production run of titanium metal alloy is a significant result for the ASM team in Korea,” Woodall said.
“In addition to producing metal products from our Dubbo project in central west NSW, ASM now has the potential to develop a significant business unit around titanium and other metals.”
Dubbo, located in central-western New South Wales, Australia, has prolific resources of zirconium, rare earths, nobium and hafnium. It owns 100% of the project.
ASM’s pilot plant in South Korea, meanwhile, has been completed with successful production of titanium, neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and zirconium.