Mine planned to meet silica demand

A Tasmanian silica company is expected to expand its operations in the north-west to meet demand from Asian electronic makers.

A Tasmanian silica company is expected to expand its operations in the north-west to meet demand from Asian electronic makers.

Tasmanian Advanced Minerals is planning a new Silica mine at Hawkes Creek, south-west of Smithton, an area known for dairy farming and vegetable growing.

The company already operates two quarries in the region and export silica flour to Asia for use in manufacturing flat-screen televisions, mobile phones and portable music players.

It was forced to retrench many workers during the Global Financial Crisis, but there has since been a turnaround in global demand, according to managing director Christ Sturt.

“That market for LCD is expanding fairly steadily,” he said.

Tasmanian Advanced Minerals has lodged its mine plan with the Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority and the Circular Head Council.

The company said only a small number of jobs will be created if the plans are approved.
 

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