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  • Atlas Copco develops tool for digital evaluation of mine sites 30 June 2015

    The Swedish technology provider has developed a tool it says will help mining companies assess various work site parameters without having to go through an expensive and arduous trial and error process. According to Atlas Copco, its Loading Optimizer tool will enable companies to fine-tune variables such as loading solutions and ventilation arrangements while assessing their impact on efficiency and productivity. Read More

  • Weir and Rolls-Royce to develop efficient fracking technology IM June 2015

    Low oil and gas prices have forced cutbacks on production and exploration, meaning that companies like Weir Group, which supply technology to the oilfield market, have seen order intake fall. IM caught up with Weir and Rolls-Royce to find out how their technology could help both oil and gas companies and technology providers to increase revenues. Read More

  • FLSmidth’s order intake falls in Q1 as mining capex expected to trough in 2015 08 May 2015

    The technology supplier saw its order and order backlog decline y-o-y as the mining industry continues to be plagued by low prices and uncertainty, with minerals producers focusing on improving efficiencies rather than new investment. FLSmidth predicts 2015 will bring some growth, but this will be uneven and mining capex is not expected to increase. Read More

  • Weir Group Q1 revenue falls as mining, oil and gas markets remain subdued 29 April 2015

    Weir Group, which supplies engineering solutions to the mining, oil and gas markets saw its revenue and orders decline as spending in both markets continues to be reined in. With no sign of improvement in oil and gas, the company painted a bleak outlook for the rest of 2015. Read More

  • A healthier future for mine workers IM May 2015

    Employees in the mining and quarrying sector face the risk of long term respiratory and hearing issues. Andrea Bowen, technical product manager at Casella, looks at what options are available to protect workers’ health and prevent the likelihood of irreversible – and sometimes fatal – damage. Read More

  • Outotec reports lower profit and sales as greenfield mining investments stay low 27 April 2015

    The Finnish technology provider saw sales and profit fall for the first quarter of 2015 as capex in greenfield projects failed to pick up, owing to low minerals and metals prices and concerns regarding China’s growth. However, Outotec has focused on increasing service sales while growth in sustainable solutions is also expected to continue. Read More

  • Fishing for minerals: seabed mining vessel and underwater robots in development 01 April 2015

    Despite recent disappointments for would-be offshore miners of phosphate in New Zealand and Namibia owing to environmental concerns, engineering and mineral exploration companies continue to see seabed mining as a potentially lucrative revenue stream. Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to power MAC’s seabed mining vessel, while Damen Shipyards is working with the EU to develop underwater robots for seabed mineral exploration. Read More

  • New Western Energy to build zero waste TiO2 recovery pilot plant in US 31 March 2015

    Recently, TiO2 industry players have emphasised the need for innovation in the market’s recovery. New Western’s pilot plant will use technology developed by Fodere for the extraction of TiO2 as a low cost, zero waste alternative to existing processes. Read More

  • Metso HP5 cone crusher improves safety and efficiency in aggregates 30 March 2015

    Finnish technology company Metso has launched a new crusher for the mining and aggregates industries featuring its IC70C automation system, which according to the company improves safety and consistency. Read More

  • FLSmidth to supply €30m worth of equipment for OCP phosphate expansion 30 March 2015

    Morocco-headquartered OCP is looking to enhance its long-term competitive position in the fertiliser market by increasing its phosphate output by 70% to 2020. The equipment order is the latest in a number of investments made by the company in the last year as it prepares for an expected increase in phosphate demand. Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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