WA Kaolin’s wholly owned Wickepin Kaolin Project contains a current Mineral Resource (JORC 2012) of 644.5 million tonnes of high-grade premium kaolinised granite, located near Wickepin, 220 kilometres south-east of Perth. Since acquiring its world class kaolin resource from Rio Tinto in 1999, the Company has spent significant time and funds in optimising its proprietary dry processing method for kaolin to build and extend on its success as a kaolin producer and exporter to global markets.
WA Kaolin is currently undertaking a sequential ramp up of production to become a leading supplier of kaolin. Stage 1 work program is currently ongoing to develop a kaolin processing plant with a production capacity of >200,00 tpa kaolin by the end of 2021.
This world-class resource at Wickepin is one of the largest known remaining premium primary resources of kaolin globally and is characterised by its purity, quality and brightness, which has typically attracted higher prices from a growing collection of top tier customers.
Until recently, kaolin has been a little-known product, however demand is increasing as the breadth of uses continues to grow across global markets, including the neighbouring Asia Pacific region. Kaolin is used in various applications across numerous industries including paper and plasterboard, ceramics, fibreglass, paints and coatings, plastics, rubber, pharmaceuticals and medicine, cosmetics, concrete construction materials and agriculture.