32A Deakin Place West Pennant Hills Sydney, NSW 2125 Australia

About Us

About Us

What we do

Stratum Resources are specialists in Minerals Management Service and Mineral Economics in Asia and Australasia.

Stratum Resources was formed in early 1997 and has carried out many projects, both large and small globally. The Founder and CEO, Murray Lines, has over 30 years’ experience in minerals management services and mineral economics in Asia and Australia/New Zealand.

We have remained at the cutting edge of mineral economics, mineral processing and strategic planning through extensive regional activities, along with active participation in the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy since 1980 and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc since 2000.

Stratum Resources specialises in:

  • market research and analysis
  • process development and strategic planning
  • linking producers with distributors
  • project development support
  • aspects of mineral economics, mineral processing, material handling, resource recovery and related industries.

Our staff and associates bring together both extensive experience in minerals management services and mature international marketing skills to effect rapid and economic solutions to producers, processors and consumers of minerals and increasingly specialty chemicals.

We are intimately familiar with:

  • current market trends
  • mineral economics
  • modern mineral and material separation concepts
  • process plant design requirements and specifications
  • project procurement, scheduling and cost control
  • process plant operational and maintenance essentials.

The minerals management service consultancy has firsthand experience in a broad range of minerals including:

alumina ballclay barytes bentonite
borates chromite clays diatomite
feldspar garnet GCC graphite
gypsum iron oxide kaolin lithium minerals
magnesite manganese mica nepheline syenite
olivine PCC rare earth minerals salt
silica sands & flour talc zircon


Markets within the scope of our minerals management service capabilities include:

abrasives absorbents ceramic coatings
electronics filtration foundry glass
pesticides petroleum drilling plastics pulp and paper
refractory rubber sodium silicate


Our experience covers location of suitable deposits, feasibility studies, market definition, suggestions of merger / acquisition targets and suggested distribution channels.

With the definition between upgraded minerals, such as specialty coatings using a range of minerals and ultrafine grinding, the distinction between minerals and specialty “engineered” performance materials is becoming ever closer, so projects involving higher valued materials is increasing. Materials used in the polishing of cathode ray tubes and silicon wafers as well as the chemicals used in this highly refined and technical area are becoming more commonly covered by Stratum Resources’ activities, including recycled chemicals / materials from IC production units.

Who we are

Murray Lines is the founding Director of Stratum Resources consulting group, an independent minerals consultancy operating since 1997 providing information, supply demand analysis and advice on policy developments for the mining industry.

Murray has been responsible for conducting feasibility studies and providing consultancy services on various minerals and metals such as silica, high purity quartz, kaolin, calcium carbonate, mineral sands especially zircon, titanium dioxide and other minerals and metals operations throughout Australia and Asia.

He has extensive experience with many minerals and metals including iron ores (both hematite and magnetite), rare earths, halloysite, lithium compounds, magnesia, bentonite, silica, talc, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, fumed silica, precipitated silica, colloidal silica, silica gel and silica fume.

Murray is also involved with thermal coal exports around the Asian region and during the past 5 years he has been assisting buyers of coal connect with producers in Australia and Indonesia. In addition, he assists several mineral processing machinery companies with introductions to potential clients around the region.

Murray has experience in conducting supply-demand analysis for feasibility studies and due diligence reports for a wide range of minerals and metals but particularly for iron ore, zircon/rutile/ilmenite, kaolin and vanadium. He has also gained extensive experience with high purity quartz markets such as crucibles and solar panel materials in Asia including China.