PBM wins 2023 ASEAN Mineral Awards – Best Practice in Minerals Distribution

PBM wins 2023 ASEAN Mineral Awards – Best Practice in Minerals Distribution

Phu Bia Mining’s PBM Logistics team has won the 2023 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia) Minerals Awards – Best Practice in Minerals Distribution.


This award recognises the outstanding work carried out by our Logistics team in performing their roles in uniquely challenging circumstances. From safely transporting dangerous materials to ensuring road safety in rural areas, the team runs a transportation network from the port in Thailand to remote, rural Laos. This win further highlights the experience and expertise of all our teams, who continue to make PBM regional leaders in all operational aspects – which also reflects well on the Laos mining industry.


His Excellency Ung Eang, Secretary of State representing the Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy, and His Excellency Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, the Secretary General of ASEAN, presented the trophy and certificate to the Logistics team at the gala dinner event. After their presentation the AMA Board of Judges commended our team for their excellence in logistics operation and Phu Bia Mining’s commitment to the continuing to grow the mining industry in Southeast Asia.

Daniel Zheng, PanAust Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, spoke proudly about the result. “It is an honour to win this regional award. This win reflects the hard work and dedication of the PBM Logistics team. The team have to transport dangerous goods from a port in Thailand to a remote part of Laos in what are often very difficult conditions. Well done to the team and keep up the great work.”

Mr Chanpheng Bounnaphol, Phu Bia Mining Chairman, added: “We thank the PBM Logistics team for their ongoing dedication and hard work. To win this regional award is something that both PBM employees and Lao people can be proud of. We had very strong competition from across the region and it is testament to our highly professional operations that we have won this prestigious award.”

This is the team’s first win at what was the 3rd ASEAN Mineral Awards event. The team were a finalist in Best Practices in Mineral Mining at the 1st AMA held in Yangoon, Myanmar and runner up in Best Practices in Metallic Mineral Processing at the 2nd AMA in Bangkok, Thailand.

Held biennially, the ASEAN Mineral Awards (AMA) honour mining and minerals processing companies operating in the Southeast Asian region that have made outstanding contributions towards the promotion of environmentally and socially sustainable minerals development in ASEAN. In April, the Phu Bia Mining Logistics team were selected by the Department of Mining Management and the Ministry of Energy and Mines to represent Laos in the category of Best Practices in Mineral Distribution.


We want to thank everyone in the Phu Bia Mining Logistics team who have contributed their hard work and dedication to help win this prestigious award.  

Mr Lei Feng

Non Executive Director

Mr Lei Feng has over 20 years of financial management experience in various sectors including printing, packaging, shipbuilding, grain trading, mining and finance.

Mr Feng began his career in 2004 as a Financial Accountant at C & C Joint Printing Co., (Guangdong) Ltd., after completing a Masters of Business Administration degree between 2002 and 2004 at Sun Yat-Sen University.

After five years, in 2009, Mr Feng was appointed as Financial and Executive Manager at Heshan Innopak Co., Ltd. Since 2013, Mr Feng has held senior financial positions with various Guangdong state-owned companies regulated under the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

In 2013, Mr Feng took up a new appointment as Financial Controller, at Guangxin Shipbuilding and Heavy Industry Co., Ltd and was appointed in 2016, as the Financial Controller with Donlink Group Co., Ltd.

In 2018, Mr Feng joined Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd., (GRHG) as the Deputy General Manager of the Finance Department and later in 2020 he was appointed as General Manager of Finance. In early 2022, Mr Feng took on his current position of General Manager of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co., Ltd, with GRHG.

Mr Feng became a Non-executive Director of the PanAust Limited Board of Directors on 10 May 2022.

Mr Daling Zheng

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
MCom, MBA, PGDip

Mr Daling Zheng is PanAust Limited’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He has 20 years of experience in asset management and investment in China and internationally and holds a Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland, an MBA from Murdoch University, and a postgraduate diploma from the Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to joining PanAust Limited, Daling worked for Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonferrous Metal Co. where he was involved in mergers, acquisitions, and the asset management of international mines.

Daling’s previous experience includes as an investment approval officer in the Investment Management Committee of the China Ping An Group where he was responsible for the acquisition of global-listed companies and commercial banks, underwriting, investing in corporate bonds, and participating in Moody and Standard & Poor’s credit rating on Ping An Group. He has also been responsible for corporate banking at the China Minsheng Bank, and was an analyst in the energy and nonferrous metal industry at CITIC Futures.

Daling was appointed an Executive Director of PanAust Limited on 27 August 2018, Chief Financial Officer on 15 January 2019 and Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 23 July 2020. In 2022 Daling was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PanAust Limited.

Mr Shu Yao


Mr Shu Yao is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years’ of experience in mining operations and management.

Mr Yao joined Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet’s (Nonfemet) Fankou Mine – one of the largest lead and zinc producing mines in Asia – in 1989 as a Mining Technician. He would later serve as the Mining Manager, General Manager of the Mining Department, and Assistant General Manager during his 26 year tenure with the Mine.

In 2015, Mr Yao transitioned to work directly for Nonfemet as the Assistant President; General Manager of the Mineral Resource Department. While with the Company, Mr Yao would go on to hold the roles of Deputy President and Director, and Executive Deputy President and Director.

In 2020, Mr Yao transitioned to his current role of Chairman of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co. Ltd; a first tier subsidiary of Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd.

Mr Yao became the Chairman of PanAust Limited on 11 May 2021.