Our novel metallisation process

ASM’s proprietary metallisation process produces high-purity metals from oxides using up to 70% less energy than conventional methods. It represents a more environmentally sustainable and cost-effective alternative to those highly energy-intensive conventional processes, in wide use since the 1940s. Our novel process is applicable for all Dubbo Project oxides, as well as many other critical metals that are produced from oxides, such as titanium.

The new metallisation process was invented by scientists at Chungnam National University (CNU) in Daejon, South Korea. In 2019 ASM entered into a joint venture with South Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation (Ziron Tech) to confirm commercial feasibility of the process. The resulting pilot plant was commissioned in July 2020 and has successfully produced metal ingots of most Dubbo Project metals and titanium.

Following the success of the pilot plant, ASM acquired 95% of Ziron Tech, comprising 100% of the pilot plant, patents and related intellectual property and technology. Ziron Tech founder, Professor Jonghyeon Lee, continues to lead the Ziron Tech team as Chief Technical Advisor. The Ziron Tech team will spearhead the development of ASM’s first commercial metallisation plant in South Korea.

High-purity metals and alloys produced:

  • Titanium
  • Neodymium
  • Praseodymium
  • Neodymium-praseodymium
  • Dysprosium
  • Zirconium