Perth, Australia – Australia’s next rare earths producer, Hastings Technology Metals Ltd is pleased to announce that ore sorting test work on samples sourced across the Yangibana Rare Earths Project in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region, has confirmed its suitability within the beneficiation process, delivering early gangue mineral rejection and a significant upgrade of rare earths material prior to the higher-cost …

Perth, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Australia’s next rare earths producer, Hastings Technology Metals Ltd (ASX:HAS) (FRA:5AM) is pleased to announce that ore sorting test work on samples sourced across the Yangibana Rare Earths Project (Yangibana), in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region, has confirmed its suitability within the beneficiation process, delivering early gangue mineral rejection and a significant upgrade of rare earths material prior to the higher-cost processing steps.

The ore sorting test results confirmed that the total rare earths oxide (TREO) recovery through the ore sorter is a linear function, where the lower the head grade the higher the mass rejection becomes. It is therefore forecast, based on the average content of alumina and silica for all Yangibana deposits, that 24% of the proposed crusher feed will be rejected by the ore sorters as waste at the expense of only 4% TREO volumes across the life of mine (LOM) schedule.

The variability test work program was completed testing 12 samples from across the Yangibana deposits. The performance of the ore sorters is closely linked to head grade, resulting in LOM mass rejection of 24% with a corresponding increase in average grade of TREO content of 26%.

Commenting on the ore sorter test work, Hastings Technology Metals Chief Operating Officer Andrew Reid said: “These results are enormously satisfying and exceeded all our expectations – the introduction of ore sorting has removed waste or very low-grade material to deliver a significant overall improvement in the mine head grade that will be put through the more advanced stages of Yangibana’s process flow sheet. “This, in turn, has the potential to reduce Yangibana’s processing operating costs and further enhance the value of the industry high levels of neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) contained in our ore bodies. “Importantly, the rejection of the waste or very low-grade material at the front end of the process has had almost no impact on Yangibana’s LOM, underpinning the potential win-win of adding the ore sorter to the overall process flow sheet. “Hastings will now progress the detailed design for an ore sorting system that can process 100% of Yangibana’s LOM mine feed material.”

Initial bulk test work was completed in 2019 (see ASX announcement dated 25 November 2019 Bulk Ore Sorting Trial Shows Outstanding Results). This test work program assessed various sorting sensors on small-scale samples and optimisation of the set-up for the XRT sensors on a bulk sample.

A more extensive ore sorting variability test program has now been completed on drill core obtained from the proposed pit areas of Bald Hill, Simon’s Find, Frasers, Yangibana, Yangibana North-West and Auer. The drill core samples were crushed, screened and sorted using an XRT ore sorter. The sorted samples and their corresponding unsorted samples were then tested in separate batch flotation bench tests at ALS laboratories in Perth. A total of 12 samples was tested through the sorting and flotation phase. In addition, two sets of composite samples were tested through the flotation stages of the process flow sheet.

Flotation results on the 12 samples confirmed that the sum of the sorted samples made a rare earths concentrate 7% higher in Nd2O3+Pr6O11 recovery and 1% higher in Nd2O3+Pr6O11 grade compared with the sum of the corresponding unsorted samples.

Four composite samples (two sorted; two unsorted) were made from the sorted and their corresponding unsorted samples to simulate a blended crusher feed stock from Simon’s Find and a blended crusher feed stock from Bald Hill. Compared with unsorted composite samples, the sorted samples delivered a much higher Nd2O3+Pr6O11 recovery (Table 1 and Table 2*).

The results of the ore sorting variability test work demonstrate that the ore sorter excels at both creating high-grade products for this material as well as maintaining high recoveries with significant mass reduction, relative to the amount of non-ironstone dilution included in the feed sample.

*To view tables and figures, please visit:
https://abnnewswire.net/lnk/EV2L4W6C

About Hastings Technology Metals Ltd:

Hastings Technology Metals Ltd (ASX:HAS) is advancing its Yangibana Rare Earths Project in the Upper Gascoyne Region of Western Australia towards production. The proposed beneficiation and hydro metallurgy processing plant will treat rare earths deposits, predominantly monazite, hosting high neodymium and praseodymium contents to produce a mixed rare earths carbonate that will be further refined into individual rare earth oxides at processing plants overseas.

Neodymium and praseodymium are vital components in the manufacture of permanent magnets which is used in a wide and expanding range of advanced and high-tech products including electric vehicles, wind turbines, robotics, medical applications and others. Hastings aims to become the next significant producer of neodymium and praseodymium outside of China.

Hastings holds 100% interest in the most significant deposits within the overall project, and 70% interest in additional deposits that will be developed at a later date, all held under Mining Leases. Numerous prospects have been identified warranting detailed exploration to further extend the life of the project.

Brockman Project

The Brockman deposit, near Halls Creek in Western Australia, contains JORC Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources, estimated using the guidelines of JORC Code (2012 Edition).

The Company is also progressing a Mining Lease application over the Brockman Rare Earths and Rare Metals Project.

Hastings aims to capitalise on the strong demand for critical rare earths created by the expanding demand for new technology products.

Source:
Hastings Technology Metals Ltd

Contact:
Charles Lew
Executive Chairman
+65 6220 9220

Matthew Allen
Chief Financial Officer
+61 8 6117 8634

Andrew Reid
Chief Operating Officer
+61 8 6117 8621

For media and investor queries, please contact:

Peter Klinger
Cannings Purple
+61 411 251 540
pklinger@canningspurple.com.au

Peter Kermode
Cannings Purple
+61 411 209 459
pkermode@canningspurple.com.au

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Revenue from Australia's mobile sector is expected to grow from AU$9.6 billion in 2021 to AU$11.2 billion in 2026. Here's what to know about this industry.

After lagging behind for a prolonged period, Australia's tech sector is ramping up at an accelerated pace. The tech sector is now equivalent to 8.5 percent of the country's GDP as of the end of 2021, an increase of 26 percent since the onset of COVID-19 through June 2021 and a massive 79 percent increase over the past five years. Tech contributes AU$167 billion to the Australian economy, trailing only the mining (AU$205 billion) and financial/insurance (AU$169 billion) sectors.

Australia's characteristically resilient economy — which had not experienced a recession in nearly 30 years prior to COVID-19 lockdowns — has provided a sturdy backdrop for its growing tech sector. The growth in the tech sector’s contribution to the GDP has outpaced average growth of other industries by more than 400 percent, a gain partly attributable to accelerated digital technology adoption during the pandemic.

This dramatic expansion is largely in response to Australia's need to catch up to the rest of the world and assert itself in the global tech marketplace. Should the tech sector continue to grow at its current rate it will eventually surpass the relative GDP contribution of the long dominant mining sector. This will also complete the process of bringing Australia more in line with other western economies such as the UK, and notably Canada, which is comparable to Australia in terms of its dominant mining and agricultural industries.


In terms of digital innovation earnings as a percentage of GDP, for example. Australia stands at 7.4 percent, significantly behind the 11.2 percent average for companies that are part of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). According to its September 2021 Policy Primer report, the Australian Academy of Sciences called for the federal government to place greater emphasis on supporting emerging digital technologies.

"Australia risks falling behind as a technologically-driven nation unless we recognise emerging digital technologies as a central, independent sector in its own right, warranting investment in the core aspects of research, innovation, and workforce development," the report stated.

Understanding Australia's mobile tech landscape

One of the drivers of Australia's tech sector expansion is its booming mobile telephone industry. This expansion has taken many forms ranging from expanded use of mobile telephony, adoption of blockchain technology for supply chain management and the rise of the cryptocurrency market. The application of mobile tech to the banking industry is just one space where mobile usage has become key and is expected to continue developing. According to research firm KPMG, digital platforms will become the preferred and dominant business model form.

Chase Bank completed a survey revealing that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of mobile banking technology. Banking apps allow users to deposit cheques, pay bills and perform transfers from their mobile device.

One critical side effect of COVID-19 has been the way lockdowns and related restrictions on behaviour has changed the way people live and work. Remote working conditions and enforced isolation has triggered increased demand for improved connectivity and internet speeds to facilitate this transition in corporate culture during the pandemic.

As a result, Australia's leading mobile telephony giants have been obliged to improve data capacity and speed, especially in regional areas that have badly lagged behind urban coverage. Some people have relocated to regional areas — where connectivity remains a challenge — and others are requiring more data capacity and fast speeds to allow them to work more efficiently from home.

The Australian mobile sector is dominated by three main players: Telstra (ASX:TLS), Optus — a subsidiary of Singapore-based Singtel (SGX:Z74) — and TPG Telecom (ASX:TPG). Telstra is the largest provider of mobile services with 48.7 percent market share followed by Optus at 26.3 percent.

In 2022, there have already been several major new developments in the Australian mobile sector. One such event has been the tentative network sharing agreement announced in February between Telstra and TPG Telecom, which brings an end to the bitter rivalry between the two competitors. The agreement provides a comprehensive framework for the two telecom giants to share mobile telecommunication infrastructure across Australia.

TPG and Telstra will both enjoy significant savings and benefits from this arrangement. Telstra will reap up to AU$1.8 billion in added revenues while gaining access to TPG's spectrum that expands Telstra's fixed wireless services in regional areas. Correspondingly, TPG gains access to 3,700 Telstra towers in regional areas; this means TPG does not have to spend significant money to duplicate the infrastructure for its own use.

In addition, Telstra announced earlier in the year that it will spend up to AU$1.6 billion on new infrastructure intended to improve connectivity and internet speeds as part of its response to the overall need to accommodate rising consumer demand in the wake of the pandemic.

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One of the positive side effects of the pandemic has been the increasing adoption of wireless services by Australians and the ownership of internet-of-things devices that are prevalent in nearly all households.

According to GlobalData, a data and analytics company, mobile sector revenue in Australia is expected to grow from AU$9.6 billion in 2021 to AU$11.2 billion in 2026 at a compound annual growth rate of 3 percent. This revenue growth will mainly accrue from growth in the mobile data subsector.

Meanwhile, the three leading telephone companies will not only be expanding their 4G services but rolling out 5G networks across the country. 5G allows for improved and additional smartphone services and also enhances fixed wireless services that are competitive with higher speed National Broadband Network (NBN) connections.

In addition, low earth orbit satellite services are beginning to roll out in Australia led by Elon Musk's SpaceX's Starlink service that offers broadband connections delivered via its satellite network.

Overfall, the winding down of restrictions due to COVID-19 will likely see the big three companies enjoy higher revenues in 2022 after declines in earnings owing to the pandemic. Telstra, Optus and TPG Telecom all experienced significant earnings drops between 2020 and 2021 due to reduced international roaming fees, softening demand for headsets and ongoing adoption of NBN services.

But the outlook for 2022 is positive given overall improved economic prospects as Australia emerges from the pandemic, which actually increased overall consumer use of communication services in 2021.

Lockdowns resulted in increased consumer uptake of online services such as online shopping, data-intensive video streaming and the additional household usage of communication services. Indeed, in 2021, data traffic reached record highs as Australian consumers demanded improved internet speeds and unlimited data plans. Remote work will likely continue to remain elevated in 2022 and beyond, which should reinforce increased consumption of home communications services.

Telstar and TPG Telecom in particular are embarking on long term strategies that will drive future earnings growth via accelerating 5G adoption, expansion in dark fibre, and increased adoption of new services such as edge/cloud computing.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Harold Von Kursk, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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