Race to the Bottom

With all the speculation and paranoia surrounding the potential exhaustion of land based mineral deposits, as well as the increasing costs associated with locating and extracting any deposits which remain, the most innovative and forward thinking companies and countries are racing to the bottom (of the ocean, that is!), where the potential for abundant and untapped deposits of high quality lie in wait.

Mining the Seafloor

Sweet Smell of Success

Suncoast Waste Water Management (SWWM) manufacturers the Ozzi Kleen range of water and waste water treatment systems. Subject to many patents, the Ozzi Kleen sewage treatment system was the first Australian purely aerobic (cyclic) treatment system for black and grey water and even today there are few if any other such designs on the market – most alternatives have an anaerobic phase (ie a septic start to the system).

Ozzi Kleen

From Exploration to Production

Since 2008, KBL Mining, the precious and base metals production, development, and exploration company, has experienced incredible growth and success amidst the ever-changing environment of Australia’s lucrative mining sector. Today, the company is moving towards developing its second mining operation at Sorby Hills, which is not only Australia’s, but potentially the world’s largest near-surface undeveloped lead-silver deposit.

KBL Mining

No Compromise

Tough by name, and tough by nature. Twenty years on from the first Tuff Trailer, this forward-thinking Queensland company is the manufacturer of the strongest custom-built truck trailers for large and outsize loads to be found anywhere.

Tuff Trailers

Forty Years On

Forty years in the plant hire business is a remarkable achievement, but that is exactly what Renfrey Plant Hire of Adelaide is celebrating this year.

Renfrey Plant Hire

Fighting Back

The challenges of a changing economic environment are steep. But the expertise built up over 80 years by W E Smith is too valuable to lose, and instead of capitulating, this New South Wales company is successfully remodelling itself to meet the revised market conditions head on.

WE Smith Engineering

Passion For Safety

In the construction and resources industries throughout Australia, scaffolding is classed as one of the most high-risk occupations. It involves the construction of temporary structures to obtain access to areas that are unattainable and immediately, workers are introduced to numerous risks that extend not only to the scaffolding crew itself, but every contractor in the surrounding area. Minimising the risk is an absolute, non-negotiable priority.


Adding Value

With a rich and storied resources history that goes back to about 1800, Australia has earned an enviable position as one of the world’s leaders in mineral production. Soon after European settlers arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788, the land was mind for coal for cooking and heating, soon followed by exports such as copper.

The Economic Importance of Mining

The Leading Edge of Exploration Drilling

Orbit Drilling is at the leading edge of exploration drilling. In fact, the team regularly ventures into the nation’s most inhospitable and desolate regions to accomplish its mission. “Our clients take us into the frontier,” Managing Director Martin Smith says. “We are the first people in there.”

Orbit Drilling

Strategic Resources

There are 17 classified rare earth elements, many of which have strategic purposes. Rare in name only, these elements are anything but scarce as they are found all over the world. The challenge rare earth elements pose is during extraction, as they exist in low concentrations and are difficult to separate from one another.

February 27, 2020, 2:44 AM AEDT


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