Australians to explore for Kostanai minerals

Kostanay Province KazakhstanKostanai minerals: The Australian mining company Iluka Resources is to invest $4.4m exploring for ilmenite, rutile, zirconium and tin in the northern Kazakh region of Kostanai, a spokesman for the state-owned Kazgeology said this week. If the results are positive, it has also pledged a further $500m for the construction of a mine and a concentrating mill.
Iluka Resourses is the world’s largest producer of zircon and a global manufacturer of high-quality titanium items.
Titanium alloys are principally used in the aerospace industry because of  its lightweight strength and ability to withstand extremes of temperature.
Ilmenite
 ore is used as a flux by steelmakers to line blast furnace hearth refractory
Rutile is a rich source of titanium dioxide.whicht is used as a pigment in paints, plastics and paper as well as in sunscreen because of its ability to reflect UV light.
Due to its high resistance to 
 corrosion by many common acids, alkalis and sea water, Zirconium is used extensively by the chemical industry.

Source: TREND