WHAT’S IT MADE FROM: UNDERWEAR

Underwear as we know it today did not exist until 1959 when DuPont chemist, Joseph Shivers, created a synthetic fibre, Spandex from polyurethane. Polyurethane is made by reacting polyols and diisocyanates, both products derived from crude oil. The exact molecular formula for polyurethane is C27H36N2O10 So next time you pull on those tighty-whities, keep in […]

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Doral joins the Pinjarra community to help build a new Men’s shed

Minerals sands miner, Doral, partnered with the local Pinjarra community to help build a new Men’s Shed. The shed was sorely needed in the Pinjarra community to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where members are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace and in their own time and most importantly […]

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Alcoa’s Waroona Sustainability Fund supporting local community projects

The Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund was designed to ensure Alcoa and the communities of Harvey and Waroona succeed together. From an initial investment of $400,000 from Alcoa of Australia (Alcoa) in June 2008, this unique partnership has supported 50 individual groups in the Harvey and Waroona communities with about 60 diverse projects. With more than […]

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Ivan Vella appointed new CME President

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has announced that Ivan Vella, Managing Director of Port, Rail & Core services – Iron Ore at Rio Tinto, has been elected as CME’s new President. Mr Vella was appointed at CME’s Annual General Meeting today and replaces outgoing President Edgar Basto from BHP, who […]

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Rehabilitating the South West’s tuart forest

Senior Environmental Supervisor, Greg Overton, talks us through the remarkable job he and his team have done to rehabilitate the old Ludlow mineral sands mine. The Greg and his team, working with the Ludlow Working Party, are aspiring to restore the area to what it would have looked like before the first loggers went in […]

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Doral sponsor Disabled Surfers Association Australia

Doral sponsor Disabled Surfers Association Australia

The Disabled Surfers Association Australia (DSA) is a not-for-profit organisation that offers people with disabilities the opportunity to have a safe, happy and dignified surfing experience. The DSA held four community beach events at Bunkers Bay over the summer period, supported by Doral Mineral Sands. 200 volunteers, participants and carers joined together to give surfers […]

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What’s it made from: Smartphone

There are 75 elements required to build a modern smartphone and a fair number of those have to be extracted from the ground. It’s crazy to think that little device that connects you to the world is essentially refined rocks and petroleum. These are the elements that are used to make your smartphone. Indium, Tin, […]

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Automation pilot takes off

Pannawonica Primary School were just one of 26 primary schools in the Pilbara who this past term have been taught robotics, coding and automation skills as part of the rollout of the Resources Challenges: Automation Pilot. Year 5 and 6 students across the region learnt how to code their robots which represented either autonomous haul […]

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It’s never too late to learn new tricks

After the birth of her Daugther, Verushka decided she needed to make a big change in her life. Moving on from fashion retail she took on an apprenticeship as a mechanical fitter with Alcoa. After graduating, she now works as a mechanical fitter at Alcoa’s alumina refinery in Kwinana, a world away from high-street fashion. […]

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From rocks to rubber, how silicon is made

Modern life would be very different without silicon.

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