Led by lithium pioneer, Iggy Tan, Lithium Universe (ASX: LU7) has assembled the ‘Dream Team’ with proven experience in the construction and operation of a major lithium concentrator and refinery.
The team includes former Galaxy executives involved in construction and operation of Mt Cattlin and former Talison Lithium Greenbushes Mine management.
Mr Iggy Tan, a trailblazer of the modern Lithium industry was one of the first Australian mining executives to identify the significant opportunity within the emerging lithium-ion battery sector when he spearheaded Galaxy Resources Limited (Galaxy). Mr Tan is looking to replicate the success with Lithium Universe, having built Galaxy’s Mt Catlin Spodumene Project and the downstream Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate project. He also acquired the James Bay Spodumene Project in Canada and the Sal de Vida Brine Project in Argentina for Galaxy. When he started at Galaxy the company’s market capitalisation was less than A$10 million and rose to A$2.5 billion when the Company merged with Orocobre Limited in August 2021. Iggy previous experience working with Lithium dates back to the early 1990s when he briefly managed the Greenbushes Lithium Mine and commissioned the first Lithium Carbonate plant for Gwalia Consolidated.
Mr Tan has over 30 years’ chemical and mining experience and been an executive director of a number of ASX-listed companies. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Cross, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently CEO and Managing Director of Altech Batteries Limited.
Mr Scallan’s extensive experience in the lithium industry is a valuable addition to the LGX Board. With over 25 years of management experience at the world-class Greenbushes Mine, he is a seasoned veteran. Greenbushes is the largest lithium hard rock mine globally, also hosts the highest-grade orebody in the world. This makes Greenbushes a unique anomaly, and no other lithium deposit worldwide compares to it.
Mr Scallon oversaw the mine’s many expansions, increasing annual output from 200,000 in 1997 to 1,400,000 tpa today, and navigated numerous ownership changes during his tenure. He is a specialist in hard rock mining and spodumene concentrating, with downstream relationships with major spodumene converters worldwide.
Pat is also highly skilled in managing local community relationships, having acted as shire councillor for nearly 20 years during his time at Greenbushes receiving his Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his community and Local Government contribution. His previous roles include management positions at Capel and Eneabba Mineral Sands in Western Australia and Western Deep Levels Gold Mine in South Africa.
Dr Jingyuan Liu is widely regarded as a leading technical expert in the lithium industry. He previously held the position of General Manager of Development and Technologies at Galaxy Resources Limited, where he was responsible for overseeing the construction and commissioning of the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Project and the world-renowned Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate plant. Jingyuan also played a key role in designing the flow sheet for the Sal de Vida brine project. Following his work with Galaxy, he has acted as a special adviser to various lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide projects globally, including the Lithium Hydroxide Plant operated by Tianqi in Kwinana, Western Australia.
Dr Liu has over 30 years’ experience in project management, process and equipment design for minerals processing and in the chemicals, non-ferrous metals, iron & steel and energy industries, both in Australian and internationally. He was awarded a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has worked in senior chemical engineering roles with leading companies such as Hatch Engineering and Metso Minerals in Australia and Malaysia.
Dr Liu is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Altech Batteries Limited (ASX:ATC) developing high capacity silicon anode lithium ion batteries.
Mr John Loxton’s lithium experience commenced in 2010 with work on the Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant EPCM for Galaxy Resources in China where his responsibilities initially were at a Sponsor level, and further into the project he was Project Manager, managing the final stages of construction and commissioning.
In 2019, John was engaged by Tianqi Lithium as Head of Projects for the execution of their investment in a lithium hydroxide processing plant in Kwinana, Western Australia. John managed the commissioning of the first train achieving first product in 2021 and undertook execution planning and establishing a project team for an identical second train in 2022. Mr Loxton is a project manager with over 45 years of experience across a diverse range of energy, industrial, process, civil, and major infrastructure projects.
Mr Terry Stark, a veteran mining engineer, has been appointed as Head of Mining and will spearhead the mining strategy for the Apollo First to Market program. Mr Stark was previously Managing Director – Resources Division for Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY). Terry was responsible for all of GXY mineral resources assets such as exploration and mine operations. Terry oversaw the Mt Cattlin construction and subsequent successful start-up. He also managed the GXY James Bay project and had a good relationship with the local Cree Nation. Terry is veteran mining engineer.
Mr Stark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science specialising in Mining Engineering.
Mr Roger Pover has been appointed as Head of Processing and will lead the processing and concentrating strategy for the Apollo First to Market program. Mr Pover was previously Mt Cattlin Plant Manager who operated the Mt Cattlin operation for Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY). Roger was part of the commissioning and start up team and operated the plant for many years. Roger also directed all the optimisation modifications that were made at Mt Cattlin.
Mr Pover is also a veteran in the lithium industry, having commenced his career at Greenbushes Lithium mine in the early 1990’s. Roger has a 45-year career in the mining and chemical processing industries involving Mineral Sands, Alumina Refining, Lithium, Iron Ore, Tantalum Minerals and Tin Production.
Mr Nguyen has been seconded from Mintrex to act as Lithium Universe Limited’s engineering client representative. Mintrex was the lead engineering company that designed and constructed (together with DRA Global) the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Plant.
Mr Nguyen was part of the construction supervision when Mt Cattlin was built so he is experienced with not only the design, but also the construction process that delivered a project that was on time and on budget.
Huy has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Curtin University, Master of Business Administration and a member of Engineer Australia (MIEAust)
Chairman Iggy Tan was recently a guest on the Global Lithium Podcast with Joe Lowry, AKA “Mr. Lithium”.
Listen to two of the world’s leading lithium experts discuss the future of the market and Lithium Universe.