lluka Resources Limited (Iluka) is primarily an international mineral sands company with expertise in exploration, project development, mining operations, processing, marketing and rehabilitation.

Its core objective is to deliver sustainable value by leveraging the company’s expertise and over 60 years of mineral sands industry experience.

The company is the largest producer of zircon and rutile globally and a major producer of synthetic rutile. Iluka’s products are used in an increasing array of applications including home, workplace, medical, lifestyle and industrial uses.

With over 3,000 employees, the company has operations and projects in Australia and Sierra Leone and a globally integrated marketing network.

Iluka conducts international exploration activities and is actively engaged in the rehabilitation of previous operations in the United States, Australia and Sierra Leone.

Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and headquartered in Perth, the company has a royalty business with a world-class cornerstone royalty asset over iron ore sales revenues from tenements of BHP’s Mining Area C (MAC) province in the north west of Western Australia.
The Iluka Plan

The Iluka Plan outlines our values, purpose, core and strategic direction.

Iluka is involved in all of the main stages of the mineral sands process, from resource development through to delivery of products to customers.

1 Geological setting

Mineral sands are heavy minerals found in sediments on, or near to the surface of ancient beach, dune or river systems. Mineral sands include minerals such as rutile, ilmenite, zircon and monazite.

2 Mining approach 

Mineral sands mining involves both dry mining and wet (dredge or hydraulic) operations. Mining unit plants and wet concentrator plants separate and concentrate the heavy mineral sands from waste material.

3 Mineral seperation

The heavy mineral concentrate is transported from the mine to a mineral separation plant for final product processing. The plant separates the heavy minerals zircon, rutile and ilmenite from each other in multiple stages by magnetic, electrostatic and gravity separation.

4 Synthetic rutile

Iluka also produces synthetic rutile from ilmenite that is upgraded by high temperature chemical processes.

5 Rehabilitation

As mining progresses, the mining pit is backfilled and covered with stockpiled soils that were removed at the start of the mining process. Rehabilitation is progressively undertaken to return land to a form similar to its pre-mining state and suitable for various uses including agricultural, pastoral and native vegetation.

6 Marketing

Iluka transports the final products of zircon, rutile, synthetic rutile and ilmenite to customers around the world.

Production activity

The following chart shows Iluka’s production activities for 2019 and expected activities for 2020 as at the date of this report.

Iluka is a global supplier of zircon and titanium dioxide products, distributing to a variety of customers, reflecting the diverse end uses of mineral sands products. Iluka also markets a number of other products derived from the synthetic rutile process, including co-products activated carbon and iron concentrate, supporting the responsible reuse of our products by leveraging the full life cycle of our materials across the value chain.

Through its sales and marketing network, Iluka supplies its products to more than 220 direct customers with sales in 29 countries.

Titanium dioxide products
Zircon products
Other products
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