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  • Correct lubrication offers mining operators competitive advantage 25 March 2015

    ExxonMobil recently showcased a range of its synthetic lubrication products, drawing attention to the importance of choosing the right lubrication for machine protection, productivity and manufacturing quality. Read More

  • Bulk density: neglected but essential IM April 2015

    Bulk density is frequently one of the most neglected parameters during industrial mineral exploration compared with other measures such as sample width in borehole intersections, chemical analysis and product performance testing. Industrial Minerals Consultant, Andrew Scogings, explores bulk density and some of the methods most commonly used for measurement. Read More

  • FAME initiative looks to create European mining and processing renaissance 03 March 2015

    The €7.4m initiative will fund research and development into more flexibile, mobile and green technology for the European mining industry, which UK consultants Wardell Armstrong International say, has lost its competitive edge. With rising costs and declining ore grades, an increasing number of companies are likely to look to innovation as a cost cutting strategy. Read More

  • Husky robot explores terrain too dull, dirty and deadly for miners IM March 2015

    Husky robot technology developed after Chile mining disaster as it is programmed to collect data in unsafe areas. Because of this, demand has proved high for the Husky model in mining and aerospace. Read More

  • Eriez releases handheld metalworking coolant analyser 26 February 2015

    Machinery can be damaged by sub-optimal fluid concentrations, which may lead to over-spend on excessive additive contents. Eriez hopes to fix this with its portable analysers, which can be used to check quickly if corrective action on fluid compositions is needed. Read More

  • Outotec’s 2014 profit drops 66% in uncertain economic climate 06 February 2015

    Outotec, one of the leading technology suppliers to the mining industry, saw both its profits and sales drop in 2014 as investment fell while mining companies focused on lowering costs. Investment in technology is expected to be even lower in 2015 as economic uncertainty and geopolitical conflicts continue. Read More

  • FLSmidth and Halfor Topsoe join forces to bring bag filter technology to market 30 January 2015

    The two companies have developed and tested the bag filter technology over the last four years, which they say can cut costs of off-gas cleaning owing to the triple filter fabric for a range of industries including mining, cement and glass production. Read More

  • Hayward Gordon acquires Sharpe Mixers IM February 2015

    While many processing and technology companies are suffering as a result of low mineral prices, which have led to projects being scaled back or cancelled altogether, the acquisition of Sharpe Mixers by Hayward Gordon will help the new company mitigate poor market conditions by enabling it to serve a more diverse range of industries and regions. Read More

  • Outotec to supply gas cleaning tech to Votorantim Group in Peru IM February 2015

    The gas cleaning technology supplied by Outotec to Votorantim’s zinc refinery in Peru will enable the company to both reduce its gas emissions and produce a higher quality sulphuric acid by-product. Read More

  • FLSmidth sells fibre-cement business for $174m 13 January 2015

    As mining capex continues to be low and is expected to remain so for at least the next year, the Danish processing company has been working on divesting its non-core assets to focus exclusively on cement and mineral processing. Read More

  • Hayward Gordon diversifies processing offering with Sharpe Mixers acquisition 13 January 2015

    While many processing and technology companies are suffering as a result of low mineral prices which have led to projects being scaled back or cancelled altogether, the acquisition of Sharpe Mixers by Hayward Gordon will help the new company mitigate poor market conditions by enabling it to serve a more diverse range of industries and regions. Read More

  • Outotec to supply gas cleaning tech to Votorantim Group in Peru 05 January 2015

    The gas cleaning technology supplied by Outotec to Votorantim's zinc refinery in Peru will enable to the company to both reduce its gas emissions and produce a higher quality sulphuric acid by-product. Read More

  • Getting down to the nitty gritty: Recycling minerals in road waste IM January 2015

    Peter Craven from CDEnviro comments on how the millions of tonnes of sand and grit that are spread on our European roads during winter months is increasingly being recovered and recycled. Read More

  • Outotec revises targets as sales grow faster than market 28 November 2014

    The company has said that its sales are growing faster than the market, and the company has therefore revised its financial targets. Outotec has also reiterated the strides it has made in terms of sustainability, with sales in this area demonstrating increase demand for "greener" processing techniques. Read More

  • US Rare Earth Salts to separate rare earths for a mining major IM December 2014

    Construction of US separation pilot plant in Nebraska, US; Rare Earth Salts signs agreement with undisclosed major Read More

  • Valmet to install €23m biomass-fired boiler for lower emission energy in Finland 25 November 2014

    The new boiler, which will provide the nearby SCA paper mill with cost efficient energy, will enable the replacement of natural gas with more efficient biofuels and lower carbon emissions. This is good progress for Valmet, which is in the process of testing new technologies for bio-refinery applications to reduce CO2 emissions. Read More

  • US Rare Earth Salts to separate rare earths for a mining major 31 October 2014

    Following the agreement with a major mining company to produce rare earths from its deposits, US-based junior Rare Earth Salts is ready to construct a pilot plant to demonstrate the feasibility of its new process, which it claims has a is higher environmental benefit and lower costs compared with traditional methods. If successful, this could represent a game changer in the rare earths industry. Read More

  • Outotec to cuts personnel in Finland to save cash due to challenging market conditions 30 October 2014

    Following negative third quarter results compared with the same period in 2013, the Finland-based processing company has started a programme to cut annual operating costs, in order to restructure its assets and remain competitive in case conditions in the mining sector do not improve in 2015. Read More

  • ERECON 2014: Recycling rare earths from e-waste in Europe IM November 2014

    Call for action to recycle rare earths from EoL manufactured products; Current recovery rate of less than 1% presents opportunities Read More

  • Global mining equipment industry to grow 8.5% CAGR to 2018 24 October 2014

    According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, growth will be driven by iron ore and activity in oil refineries – good news for mining services providers, who have generally been in agreement that demand would be unlikely to materialise before the end of 2014. Read More

  • ERECON 2014: Recycling rare earths from e-waste in Europe 20 October 2014

    Owing to increasing rare earths demand in Europe, which has one of the largest markets of auto vehicles and mobile phones, companies called for a concerted effort from all institutions and governments to explore the potential of recycling rare earths and magnets from e-waste. Read More

  • ME Elecmetal to cut costs by recycling zircon sand at US foundry 10 October 2014

    By developing a new process that recycles zircon sand from its metal casting operations, US-based ME Elecmetal could give the foundry industry the opportunity to reclaim zircon from silica sand, which could impact the zircon supply chain. Read More

  • Hunan Nonferrous Metal produces fluorspar from polymetallic tailings in China IM October 2014 issue

    The company has developed an ore dressing method to separate and recover scheelite and fluorite through a two stage process. Using this process, which eliminates the shortcomings of a preferential flotation process, at a new processing plant starting in August, the China Minmetals subsidiary can produce high-grade and low-grade fluorspar. Antonio Torrisi, Reporter Read More

  • How the mining industry can “do more with less” IM September 2014

    As capex is tightened year after year and some mining assets are becoming less profitable with declining ore grades, mining companies are turning more to analytics to manage resources and become more efficient, Shawn Lyndon* discusses. Read More

  • Elemental Minerals’ Sintoukola potash deposit IM August 2014

    Elemental Resources uses software packages to improve accuracy of resource estimation for its Sintoukola potash deposit. Andrew Scogings, Simon Dorling and Andrew Pedley outline how the gridding seam method is appropriate for deposit modelling. Read More

  • Ansul’s Checkfire saves more than just money IM July 2014 issue

    According to the NFPA, underground mining has been by far the global loss leader in fatalities and injuries for all industries from a personnel safety standpoint. Ansul’s new Checkfire system has been developed to protect personnel, equipment, and limit downtime with technology that it says surpasses that of its competitors. Kasia Patel, Chief Reporter Read More

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