Director of Ausrocks
In mid – 2009 Alan formed the AVKO Mining Quarry Consulting Group and on February 1st 2010 Ausrocks, by mutual agreement, took over the consulting arm of AVKO Mining which Ausrocks had developed.
Rob has also considerable experience in applying for both prospecting and mining rights in South Africa.He has also acted, together with associates, as an entrepreneur with prospecting rights in Mozambique and South Africa as well as a new stemming product for the mining industry. Rob has acted as a Competent Person for industrial mineral projects. He has been the responsible person for designing and implementing ISO 2000 quality assurance systems at an industrial mineral mine and at a milling plant. Rob has also conducted market studies as well a mineral project valuations for a range of industrial minerals as well as for a micronising mill project. He has also, during the past eight years, had experience in the mineral, chemical and specialist metal salvaging and recycling business.
Rob qualified in BSc Eng Mining Geology (Wits RSA), has an MSc in Industrial Mineralogy (Hull UK), and a National Higher Diploma in Quality Assurance (Pretoria Technikon). His industrial mineral experience includes graphite, bentonite, limestone, magnesite, vermiculite, silica, feldspar, talc, ceramic clays, and sands and aggregates.
Stratum Resources Mineral Consultancy
Mr Lines has had more than 25 years experience in industrial minerals and been responsible for conducting feasibility studies and providing consultancy services on various minerals and metals such as: mineral sands, titanium oxide, specialty silicas & quartz, paper raw materials, and other minerals and mineral operations throughout Australia and Asia. He has had extensive experience with kaolin, magnesia, bentonite, silica, pozzolanics, talc, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, silica fume, and magnetite among others. Mr. Lines has also had experience in conducting supply-demand analysis for a wide range of feasibility studies and due diligence reports particularly for silica sand, zircon/rutile/ilmenite, kaolin, lime as well as many other minerals and metals across the Asian region.
Head of Technical Services
Techniques ranged from outcrop mapping and sampling through various geophysical target defining methods to geochemical sampling.Laurence has spent a number of years managing production from mining operations, principally involving industrial minerals. As Head of Technical Services Laurence established a Technical Services Department and spent two years managing the functions of geology, survey, draughting, mine planning and ventilation on a Witwatersrand Gold Mine.Laurence was appointed as Mine Manager at the mining operations of Transvaal Alloys (Pty) Ltd.
This operation involved overburden stripping and the mining of 1000 tpd vanadium bearing magnetite.Extensive experience was gained as an independent gold producer from the retreatment of tailings as well as managing CIL operations for SK International. Alluvial diamond mining was also undertaken in the Northern Cape.
Industrial Minerals Geologist
Johan has +20 years years experience as an industrial minerals geologist and worked mainly in consulting to, and assisting Industrial Minerals exploration and mining companies, and the manufacturing industries in finding and characterizing and beneficiation of industrial mineral ores and deposits in terms of their chemical, mineralogical, physical and industrial application properties. During his time in the Geological Survey of South Africa and at the Council for Geoscience he worked on most industrial minerals and commodities This experience also focusses on industrial-mineral deposit targeting and applied industrial mineral research projects in which mineral application in industry is optimized. These applied research projects primarily focusses on problem identification and solving in the beneficiation and use of industrial minerals.
He has developed knowledge in industrial minerals that are used in the ceramic, glass, absorbents, carrier, filler, agricultural, refractory, filtration and environmental impact control, construction and cements industries. He has been in private consultation since 2010 at IMC Industrial Minerals Consult SA (CC).
Industrial Minerals Consultant
Ernest now consults in industrial mineral applications for a wide range of industries including i) water treatment ii) binders for briquetting and pelletizing in metal and processing, iii) clay applications in civil engineering iv) agricultural fertilizer applications, v) ceramic processes and heavy clays.
Industrial Minerals Consultant
Before starting his professional career within Sud-Chemie he made some practical experience with JCI at Randfontein (South Africa). While at at Sud-Chemie he was responsible for exploration, quality assurance, mine coordination, mineral purchase and risk management in various international projects. Main targets were in Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina for bentonites, attapulgites, sepiolites and diatomites.
Michael started his consulting career in 2007 and since then has managed various multinational projects within the supply chain for industrial minerals, mainly in China, Indonesia, India, Turkey, Ukraine, Morocco, Brazil, Peru and Argentina.
Michael has particular strengths in configuration of international contracts, international project management, quality and risk management. He is proficient in German, English and has a some knowledge of Spanish and Turkish languages.