The 9th International Comminution Symposium (Comminution ’14), organised by MEI in consultation with Prof. Malcolm Powell (JKMRC) and Dr. Aubrey Mainza (Centre for Minerals Research, UCT), is on track to be the biggest event in the series. With 3 months still to go before the start of the event in Cape Town all of the exhibition space has sold out. Booths have been taken up by companies including Metso, Russell Mineral Equipment, Keromos, and Outotec. There has also been a great deal of interest shown in sponsoring next year’s event, with a total of 23 sponsors so far.
MEI’s Comminution conferences are established as the main events for profiling cutting edge research and innovation in all aspects of crushing, grinding and ultrafine grinding in the minerals industry (Fig.). Industrially based research papers show the benefits of basing practical application on scientific rigour, such as the industrial validation of models and control techniques. Draft papers will be published as unrefereed proceedings on a USB memory stick, and selected papers will be published, after peer-review, in a special Comminution issue of Minerals Engineering journal.
The technical programme has already been published on the event’s web site at www.min-eng.com/comminution14/. Prof. Tim Napier-Munn, of the JKMRC/JKTech, will present the first keynote lecture “Is progress in energy-efficient comminution doomed?”. Alan Muir, Vice President Metallurgy at AngloGold Ashanti/South Africa, will present the second keynote lecture “The next stage of evolution in comminution” and Dr. Wolfgang Peukert, Director of the Institute of Particle Technology at the University of Erlangen/Germany, will present the 3rd keynote lecture “A multiscale view on comminution”.