Iluka developed Jacinth-Ambrosia in a capital-efficient manner, with production commencing in 2009. Dry mining and concentration of ore through gravity separation into a heavy mineral concentrate occurs on site and transported to Iluka’s mineral separation processing plants in Western Australia and Hamilton in Victoria, for the production of final products of zircon, rutile and ilmenite. Jacinth-Ambrosia was developed and in production in five and a half years from discovery, a record for a remote resource development in Australia. It is the first mining development in a mixed use regional reserve (the Yellabina Regional Reserve) in South Australia, with the operation demonstrating a commitment to the highest environmental standards, including initial land rehabilitation, as well as a commitment to high levels of indigenous employment.
The main product produced is zircon, which is used in the manufacture of ceramics, including floor and wall tiles and sanitary-ware, as well as in casting and foundry applications. Zircon is also used for the manufacture of zirconium chemicals that have a range of derivative applications, including zirconium metal. Jacinth-Ambrosia also produces rutile and chloride ilmenite (the latter suitable for sale or as a feed source for synthetic rutile production).