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ABOUT FIRST TEST MINERALS

Owner/Director Frank Hart B.Sc. (combined honours in Geology & Chemistry)
has extensive experience in industrial minerals gained through 40 years of direct involvement in technical evaluation and quality control.

5 YEARS IN THE PAPER & BOARD INDUSTRY
Assistant Mill Chemist at Thames Board Mills in Warrington where Kaolin and
GCC were used as a filler and for coating of White Lined Chipboard

5 YEARS IN THE GLASS FIBRE INDUSTRY
Quality Control Manager at Gyproc Glass Fibre. Various minerals were used
to form the glass melt prior to ‘spinning’ e.g. Dolomite and pure Silica Sand

28 YEARS IN KAOLIN EXTRACTION
Technical Manager at Goonvean Ltd, responsible for all geological and
chemical aspects of mining / refining from 5 open cast quarries and for
quality control of the different kaolin, sand and aggregate products.
Also managed a testing facility for other companies investigating new deposits. This included kaolin and halloysite samples from Canada, USA, Sweden, Korea, Australia and Africa. Talc, GCC and silica sands were also tested.

FIRST TEST MINERALS
Since the company was established in 2013 I have managed contracts for the analysis, refining and market development of new kaolin and halloysite deposits in Australia, USA and the Middle East. Other projects include the evaluation of carbonates, slate, bentonite and dumortierite from various locations across the world. Further details under ‘Client History’.


TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS

Industrial Minerals Magazine
September 2014: Advances in Medical Uses of Kaolin and Halloysite
October 2014: The Use of Naturally Occurring Minerals in Animal Feed

March 2015: Feeding the World: The Future Role of Minerals
April 2016: Carbon Nanotubes - The Next Industrial Revolution?
July 2016:Halloysite - A Bright Future?
June 2017: Metakaolin in High Performance Concrete

Scott, P.W. Pascoe, R.D. and Hart, F.W. 1998. Columbite-tantalite, rutile and other accessory minerals from the St Austell Topaz Granite, Cornwall. 
Proceedings of the Ussher Society, 9, 165-170.
http://www.ussher.org.uk/journal/90s/1998/documents/Scott_et_al_1998.pdf


Scott, P.W., Hart, F.W. and Smith, D., 1996. The quantitative mineralogy of ceramic grade kaolin from the St Austell Granite and its relationship to chemistry and physical properties. Proceedings of the Ussher Society, 9, 91-96.
http://www.ussher.org.uk/journal/90s/1996/documents/Scott_et_al_1996.pdf

Hermawan, Chang, Pasbakhsh, Hart and Talei; January 2018: Halloysite Nanotubes in Tropical Biofiltration

Marketing Consultant Simon Warren F.I.M.M.M

30 years of technical and commercial experience in industrial minerals, including Kaolin, Ball Clays, Feldspars and calcined Kaolin.

Extensive technical knowledge of all aspects of ceramic manufacture and raw materials, former Chair of the Whitewares Division of IOM3 and current Fellow member.

Global knowledge of commercial aspects for ceramic raw materials: sales, pricing, logistics.

Experience with Industrial applications include:

Prepared ceramic body preparation
Spray Drying
Tableware (Plastic, Pressure Casting, Dust-pressing)
Investment Casting (Equiax, DS & Single Crystal)
Sanitaryware (Traditional & Pressure Casting)
Craft Pottery manufacture and sales
Animal Feeds
Cosmetics
Pharmaceuticals
Employment with English China Clays PLC, Imerys, Potterycrafts & Goonvean Ltd in senior managerial marketing roles.


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