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LabWest Minerals Analysis Pty Ltd (LabWest) was established in late 2008 to meet a need in the Western Australian market for an independent minerals analysis facility, and is owned by a small group of key investors, most of whom are employees of the company.

The managers have combined experience of more than 80 years in the minerals analysis field…



A compelling new approach to regional exploration has been developed under the recently completed CSIRO/MRIWA Project  “Multi-scaled near surface exploration using ultrafine soils”. 

As experts in sensitive analysis of regolith materials, LabWest sponsored and participated in the project, and is now pleased to offer this technique to the wider exploration community.

“We established LabWest in 2009 with a
first-rate team to meet a need for expert,
boutique services to the minerals
exploration industry in Western Australia.”


What Our Clients Say

  • Dr. Steve Batty

    "The sort of package an exploration company needs is reliable, accurate analysis, reasonable costs and fast turnaround. LabWest has met all of these requirements. We switched a couple of years ago to them and they've delivered in spades. We are really pleased with the turnaround times. Decision making is based on results so fast work in the laboratory has helped us quite a lot."

    Dr. Steve Batty Managing Director, Rubianna Resources
  • “ In the heady days of 2011 it was difficult for a junior explorer to get customer service from the established laboratories. With the commencement of drilling at Pilgangoora in early 2011 - Altura’s new lithium discovery in the Pilbara – it was of paramount importance that assay results turnaround and data quality be assured. After being given notice of 2 months turnaround from the laboratory being used initially there was no choice but to seek an alternative. LabWest were approached and they provided all that was needed – quality, price and turnaround – and a very proactive customer service. Altura have used LabWest for all Pilgangoora work since 2011 – and has highly valued the quality of their work and service.”

    Bryan Bourke Exploration Manager, Altura Mining
  • “I have used LabWest on numerous occasions for specialist jobs where high quality data was essential. On each occasion LabWest has handled the jobs in timely fashion. The data have been of a very high quality. I was especially pleased with the precision and low detection limits which come from the routine use of microwave assisted acid digestions, and the high quality of the ICPMS data. I would have no hesitation in recommending LabWest to others in the mineral exploration industry”

    Dr. Nigel Radford Principal, Radford Geochemical Pty Ltd.
  • “We didn’t accept LabWest’s work blindly,” said Rob Taylor for the third edition of LabWest’s newsletter Analyse This. “We’ve compared their analyses with that of other laboratories in both high and low values and if we had thought accuracy wasn’t there we’d have gone elsewhere. “We have confidence in LabWest’s work, we’re happy with the service, the prices are competitive, their system of data supply is good and turnaround times are generally just a fortnight, though sometimes we’ve had our results back in a week.”

    Dr. Rob Taylor Executive Director, Aurora Minerals
  • “LabWest have been working closely with us since 2010 and have become our primary exploration assay laboratory for our Uranium, Gold and Copper Projects. We have discovered a pleasant and supportive service with prompt feedback to any query. Brad and his team take great care and pride in generating quality data and reports and delivering results in a timely manner. LabWest will take the time to listen to our special requests and recommend an appropriate method to deliver more accurate assays for our interpretations. Our relationship and trust has grown every year. LabWest pricing is reasonable for the various methods on offer and we have awarded consistently without hesitation additional work to LabWest when it’s required.”

    John Vinar General Manager Exploration, Mindax Limited
  • Dean Tuck

    During the course of a R&D project with CSIRO in 2017, I was exposed to the ultrafine fraction (UFF) soils analysis technique while doing orientation surveys in over our projects in the Yilgarn. Since then, I have used nothing else for early stage target generation and target definition work for gold and base metals in residual, stripped or covered terrains. The quality and robustness of the data is second to none. Furthermore, the team at LabWest are an absolute delight to deal with providing an exceptional service along with their exceptional technical capabilities.

    Dean Tuck Managing Director