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About Labwest


LabWest Minerals Analysis Pty Ltd (LabWest) was established in late 2008 to meet a need in the Western Australian market for a low detection greenfields minerals exploration facility. It was started by a small group of investors, most of whom are employees of the company.

Initially founded to service the Western Australian exploration market, LabWest now provides geochemical services to all areas of the globe, and is certified to receive samples from outside Australia.

LabWest provides ultra-low detection limit (DL) analysis, achievable in our clean laboratory, which has been specifically designed to prevent cross contamination. Our exclusive use of microwave digestion, coupled with our multi-quad inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, means we are able to achieve detection limits down to parts per trillion level for some sample types. This allows us to offer Bio-geochemistry as a non-invasive exploration tool, and provide unique elements on UltraFine clay fraction.

LabWest has partnered with CSIRO in the commercialisation of the UltraFine+ TM technique. Separation and analysis of the 2 micron fraction, along with microwave digestion technology and low DL ICP-MS, has made UltraFine the exploration assay of choice for over 150 companies.

LabWest has introduced high purity testing (99.999%), shipping certification, and metallurgical process assays into our portfolio of services, through our dedicated R&D department.

LabWest was acquired by the Phenna Group in 2023. Phenna is a global provider of testing, certification and compliance services, based in the UK. LabWest continues to be managed and operated locally by the founding partners, with personalised service for each of our customers.


LabWest is NATA accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standard, and participates in the annual Oreas and GeoStats round robin.

Senior Staff & Management

Brad Whisson - Managing Director

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. Our particular focus is on regolith geochemistry and biogeochemistry, and our analytical expertise is at your disposal.
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