Suvo Chairman Henk Ludik (far right) with Victorian Minister Jaala Pulford (centre) and other AMEC members

 

Suvo Strategic Minerals Chairman Henk Ludik along with key members of the Victorian Government attended an event this month hosted by the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC).  

AMEC’s VIC Boardroom Afternoon Tea gave Henk the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues and future of the Victorian minerals industry with the local Minister for Resources, Jaala Pulford.  

Henk provided the Minister with an overview of Suvo’s Victorian operations, which includes the only hydrous kaolin mine and processing plant in Australia at Pittong.  

Suvo’s Pittong operation has a reputation as a credible and reliable domestic and international manufacturer and supplier of high-quality kaolin products and is nearing 50 years of operations, with the Company already looking towards the next 50 years.  

Henk outlined Suvo’s clear growth path in Victoria including its investment to transform its operations at Pittong, while highlighting the Company’s expected contribution to the Victorian community through taxes and levies once production increases. 

Discussions were also held over Suvo’s commitment to regional Victoria through community investment activities, along with in-kind contributions by providing access to equipment and resources that are not always readily available in remote communities. 

Significantly, it also gave Henk the opportunity to outline to the Minister Suvo’s commitment to building resilient and sustainable operations, with strong Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) commitments.  

In January 2022 the Company established an ESG Committee and recently commissioned ESG+F to assist implementing an ESG framework. The Company aims to inset and offset its entire carbon footprint since acquisition of its Pittong operation in 2021. 

Suvo is also working with key research partners to develop and enhance production of high reactivity metakaolin (HRM), which has the potential to halve the cement industry’s carbon dioxide emissions when compared to conventional Portland cement.