White Mountain Receives Progress Report on Titanium Metal Test Workadmin
White Mountain Titanium Corporation reports that it has received its first quarterly progress report since licensing a new titanium metal technology in September, 2010. During the past quarter lab scale test work continued at the University of Cambridge in the UK under the direction of Professor Derek Fray into the refining and electrolytic deposition of pure titanium from lower grade concentrate. Small quantities of sponge have been produced successfully using Ultra-fine concentrate feedstock sourced from the Company’s Cerro Blanco project in Chile.
In the current quarter and beyond, the focus for the research will shift to an investigation of the possibility of adapting the new technology to produce titanium metal powder, a higher value product than sponge. Consideration will also be given to testing lower grade concentrate as a feedstock for the new metal technology; feedstock of a quality that would not normally find application for use in the production of titanium pigment, currently the major outlet for titanium concentrates.
Commenting on the work carried out thus far, Brian Flower, the Company’s Executive Chairman said, “We are very encouraged by the results to date of the new metal technology. Should we continue to have success with this technology at a lab scale, the Company will consider building a pilot plant to scale up the test work.”