Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) announced yesterday the appointment of Dr. Mark Cooksey, Ph.D., as Alcore’s General Manager. Cooksey’s appointment is for a six-month term commencing February 1.
ABx says Cooksey arrives at Alcore after being granted a leave by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He’s a veteran of the aluminium industry of over two decades, beginning as a research engineer for Rio Tinto Alcan’s predecessor Comalco in 1997. He was promoted to senior research engineer three years later and achieved a Six Sigma black belt two years after that.
Cooksey joined CSIRO in 2004 as a senior research engineer and became a senior principal research engineer four years ago.
Cooksey brings to the firm a Ph.D. (Chemicals & Materials Engineering), a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials – First Class Honours), and Bachelor of Science (Information Technology and Applied Mathematics), as well as long experience commercializing new technologies and processes in the aluminium industry. Alcore says it plans to utilize his expertise in order to progress into the next phase of its development.
“Mark joins Alcore at an opportune time as Alcore develops from laboratory research to large scale production,” said ABx’s CEO Ian Levy. “Alcore needs the highly skilled and experienced leadership that Mark can provide.”
“These are exciting times for Australian Bauxite as our bauxite team has begun the approval and development process for our flagship bauxite mine at Binjour in QLD and our technology subsidiary, Alcore develops the Alcore refining process to make aluminium fluoride (AlF3) for sale to aluminium smelters.”
Based in Sydney, ABx conducts operations in Tasmania, Queensland, and New South Wales. The firm boasts combined JORC resources of 124 million metric tons in twenty-two tenements covering almost two thousand square kilometers in Eastern Australia. Its Binjour tenement in Queensland is considered by the company to be its flagship project.