Mineral Commodities

A key resource to the future of innovation

Mineral Commodities Ltd (ASX:MRC) is a leading producer of high grade zircon, rutile, garnet and ilmenite concentrates, with multiple world-class heavy mineral sands exploration and operational  projects in South Africa.

Our mission is to develop heavy mineral sand resources through strategic optimal implementation with low environmental impact and high social and economic value for the local communities with which we work.

In 2015 Mineral Commodities Tormin operation mined approximately 1.6 million tonnes at a grade of 49.57% Heavy Mineral Concentrate (“HMC”), producing US$46.2 million in sales for the year. This result was achieved in partnership with the Company’s excellent safety record, which has surpassed 1.3 million lost time injury (LTI) free days.

In addition to the operational records, the Company has continued to invest in personal development programmes focused on education, training and gainful employment. This year the programmes have included multiple internships in the Perth Corporate office, where employees received additional mentoring as well as specific training in management reporting and accounting.

The completion of the upgrade on the local Koekenaap School / Community Resource Centre, which includes a new library and computer classroom, was achieved during the second half of 2015 and was officially opened in January 2016.  In addition to its Social Labour Plan (“SLP”) commitments at Tormin, the Company also continues to provide support to the Xolobeni community through the building of nurseries and supporting cattle and poultry programmes which will result in sustainable provision of basic food needs.



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Power of Titanium

Titanium ore is a key resource set to transform the future and the way we live and experience the world, and the ongoing innovation surrounding the use of titanium technology continually broadens the range of applications across industries.

Due to Titanium’s high strength to weight ratio and resistance to corrosion, opportunities exist for utilizing titanium in medical devices, implants, food, consumer, marine and energy & geothermal applications.

TiO2 is used in most types of paint, with Rutile grades being the preferred choice. Chloride grades are most often selected for automotive paints & “top-tier” applications. Additionally, Aerospace and Defence sectors are experiencing significant increases in the percentage of airframe weight by titanium providing opportunities for local companies to connect with international supply chains.

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Garnet – Matters of Abrasion

Garnet is a hard mineral, making it ideal for effective abrasion applications in manufacturing. When crushed, it breaks into angular pieces that provide sharp edges for cutting and sanding. One of the largest industrial uses of garnet is for waterjet cutting metal, ceramic, or stone. Garnet used in water cutter machines produces very little dust and operates at a low temperature.

Garnet is also crushed, screened to specific sizes, and sold as abrasive granules and powders.

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The Bright Future of Zircon

Zircon is a versatile material and in its various derivative forms has integral input into many industrial applications, some basic, some highly sophisticated. It is also a significant component of personal consumption and the exploding trend towards urban living in developing economies.

Ceramics, precision casting, refractories, catalysts, fuel cells, fibre optics, nuclear power generation, water treatment and medical prosthetics are just some of the applications.

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Illuminating Ilmenite

Ilmenite is a titanium-iron oxide mineral, with a black or steel-grey appearance and is weakly magnetic. From a commercial perspective, ilmenite is the most important ore of titanium. In 2011, about 47% of the titanium dioxide produced worldwide was based on this material.

North America and Europe together consume about 50% of the world’s titanium dioxide production. Demand by India and China is growing rapidly and may eventually surpass Western consumption.

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