Metso has signed a 5-year strategic research agreement with The University of Queensland’s JKTech division to develop next-generation technologies and services for energy-efficient minerals concentration. The agreement is part of a program where Metso and JKTech SPA will cooperate with the leading Chilean mining companies to develop Chile as a regional innovation hub for minerals processing. The research work will be conducted at the existing mines in Chile with a focus on customer strategic needs. The program‘s four principal research themes are primary grinding, ball mill grinding, classification and coarse particle flotation; the main operational targets are productivity, energy and water efficiency. Dr. Ben Adair from The University of Queensland will lead the initiative.
JKTech SPA and Metso are now in discussions with the Chilean mining companies that have expressed strong interest in the research program and the co-creation model for technology development. In addition to resources in Metso, JKTech and the participating mining companies, several experts in the various fields of study have been identified and will participate in the program on a consultancy basis.