Iluka works to identify market opportunities for co-products produced as a necessary part of critical minerals mining and upgrading, as well as product reuse and recycling initiatives. Iluka has numerous co-products that generate revenue and limit waste production, handling and storage. These products include:
- activated carbon
- zircon-in-concentrate (ZIC)
- iron ore fines and iron man gypsum
- the aluminosilicate staurolite and
- rare earths
Rare earth-bearing minerals produced as a co-product of Iluka’s mineral sands processing activities are stockpiled at Iluka’s Eneabba operation in Western Australia. Iluka is currently constructing a rare earths refinery at Eneabba that will process these and other rare earth-bearing minerals into highly valuable rare earth oxides used in a range of clean energy and high-end technology solutions. The refinery design features a closed-circuit system to enable the re-use and recycling of the water and reagents required for processing and for the collection of by-products that can be sold to market.
Read more about the delivery of Iluka’s products and minerals in our Annual Report.