Andalusite Resources is a leading global andalusite supplier with customers world-wide. We are proud of our history as a valued supplier to some of the World’s major industries today.
Andalusite Resources was formed in 2001 to exploit the Maroeloesfontein andalusite deposit in the Thabazimbi area. It lies on the same strike line as the Rhino Andalusite Deposit. The andalusite deposit has been extensively sampled and tested, and studies have been completed by, among others, Venmyn Rand (Pty) Ltd, Dr F Mendelsohn and Mintek. Unlike the Rhino andalusite deposit to the north, which is partially overburdened by hills, the Maroeloesfontein deposit lies in the flat area at the foot of the hills. It therefore lends itself well to opencast mining. The crystals are easily liberated in the separation plant.
Construction of the processing plant commenced in March 2002 and was commissioned early in November of that year. First dispatches of final product Marlusite-andalusite were made in January 2003, both to South Africa and overseas. Nowadays, the operation has an annual production capacity in excess of 70 000 tons. At this rate of production the mine’s reserve life is around 100 years. Today we proudly serve markets in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Australia, China, Japan and the Americas.