Arafura Resources (ASX:ARU) is an up and coming supplier of Neodymium-Praseodymium (NdPr) – rare earths that have a number of applications in many industries including automotive, clean energy, consumer electronics, healthcare and factory automation. NdPr’s main use is in high-strength permanent magnets in electric vehicles, wind turbines and mobile phones.
Arafura is developing the Nolans NdPr Project in the Northern Territory which the company expects will be a long-life mining and chemical processing operation that could supply up to 10 per cent of the world’s demand for NdPr when in full production.
Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) magnets are vital to the global automotive industry and Arafura expects that demand for NdPr will grow substantially in the coming years. The Nolans Project is on track to enter the global NdPr supply chain in the early 2020s.
Gavin Lockyer, Managing Director
Gavin joined Arafura in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary after having served as Financial Controller with the Tethyan Copper Company Limited. He previously held several senior finance and treasury positions in global mining companies Newcrest and Newmont following a successful international investment banking career with Bankwest and ANZ in Australia, and Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank in London.
Brian Fowler, General Manager NT & Sustainability
Brian has been with Arafura since 2007. He has worked for over 40 years in private sector mineral companies, with experience spanning environmental and safety management, community engagement, project permitting and approvals, and land access. He is a member of the Northern Territory Mining Board, Deputy Chair Northern Territory Management Council of the Minerals Council of Australia.
Peter Sherrington | Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Peter is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He commenced employment with Arafura in 2008 as Commercial Manager and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2013. He has more than 20 years’ experience in professional and corporate roles in Perth. Prior to working with Arafura, he held senior finance and commercial positions with several ASX and public unlisted entities. He has also worked in public practice for 10 years in the areas of business services and corporate advisory.
Lloyd Kaiser | General Manager Sales & Marketing
He was appointed Marketing Manager in 2011. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the sales and marketing of industrial minerals into high value sector markets including the nuclear, automotive, and advanced ceramics sectors.
Prior to joining Arafura, he held several senior positions in account management, business development and marketing across a diverse range of commodities and chemicals including alumina, coal, industrial minerals, refractories, and ceramics.
Lloyd has also worked in the chemical industry for CIBA and BASF, amassing over 10 years in process and tailings technology.