Kalbar Conversations Column

Kalbar Operations team continues to grow


   Wednesday 7th July, 2021

The Kalbar Operations team is expanding and we welcome two new team members.

Maurice Kok – Head of Business Development and Marketing

I have joined the Kalbar Operations team to develop and establish market strategy for all products. I am tasked to identify and develop the right customers who will best fit with the Fingerboards project’s products to create profitable, long-term business relationships focused on customer satisfaction, keeping in mind the company’s interests.

Prior to joining Kalbar Operations, I worked for TiZir as sales manager zircon, rutile and leucoxene for the Grande Cote mineral sands mine in Senegal. I led the development of the zircon marketing and sales strategy and implemented the strategy and was involved since before the start of mining in 2014. The business had to be built from scratch and involved finding the right customers, packing, logistics etc to the establishment of a sales support team and sales network and finding the balance between both internal and external stakeholders.

I believe that the Fingerboards project has a bright future – the market demand is high and demand for zircon is growing. The rare earths minerals are essential in the global transformation to clean energy and Asia is driving an increase in demand for titanium dioxide minerals – ilmenite and rutile. Concurrently, several mines are approaching end of mine life which augurs well for the Fingerboards project.

COVID-19 is restricting my travel to Bairnsdale – I am currently based in Norway with my family. However, technology allows me to follow East Gippsland news online via the Bairnsdale Advertiser and I use Google streetview to ‘drive’ down Bairnsdale’s main street.

Maurice Kok – Head of Business Development and Marketing

Gavin Helgeland – Senior Geologist

I’m excited to join Kalbar Operations and bring a long track record of professional experience in exploration, resource development and open pit mining. I have covered the full range of project stages from grass roots and target generation through to feasibility studies and mine production.

With extensive experience in mineral sands, I have developed an expert skill set in conceptual targeting and resource estimation. Previously I held principal and chief roles in mineral sands and specialised in resource-reserve evaluation and problem solving in grade control and mine production/reconciliation; and have also been involved in several major Australian mineral sands feasibility studies and mining start-ups.

Most recently, I worked as a strategic development manager in NSW local government, engaging with community organisations, businesses and industries to focus on economic development, liveability and sustainability goals to then advocate across all tiers of government to secure support and funding.

My family and I are in the process of relocating to East Gippsland in the near future and we’re all looking forward to being part of the community and enjoying what the region has to offer.

Gavin Helgeland – Senior Geologist