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  • New laser tech could be a game changer for Australian exploration IM September 2015

    Developed by researchers at the University of Tasmania and funded by AMIRA International, laser analysis technology is being offered free to junior exploration firms by mining giant Rio Tinto, which has expressed concerns that exploration spend and drilling in Australia has been declining over the past few years, writes Kasia Patel, North American Editor. Read More

  • Rio Tinto offers Australian juniors free laser tech for high quality mineral discoveries 04 August 2015

    According to the Anglo-Australian mining company, exploration spend and drilling at both greenfield and brownfield sites has been declining over the past few years in Australia. To facilitate the discovery of the next major mineral discovery, Rio Tinto is offering laser mineral analysis technology at no cost to junior exploration companies. Read More

  • Weir operating profit drops 36% in most severe oil downturn for thirty years 31 July 2015

    The impact of low oil and gas prices was heavily felt by the technology provider, which saw lower demand for original equipment and aftermarket products. Demand for mineral processing technology also fell as expenditure in the mining industry continued to decline. While some have predicted a recovery in oil and gas by the end of the year, Weir anticipates modest activity improvement at best in 2015. Read More

  • Outotec sales decline 7% in Q2; weak mining processing capex to continue 30 July 2015

    Low prices, demand and concerns over growth in China mean that investment in processing equipment in the mining industry have remained subdued over the quarter, particularly in Outotec’s mineral processing segment, where high competition also hindered profitability. Read More

  • Mining equipment efficiency on the decline IM July August 2015

    Modelling from PwC suggests that the efficiency of mining equipment has declined across the sector in the last 10 years, with mining investments declining and likely to focus on operational improvements into 2017, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discovers. Read More

  • Outotec to deliver alumina calcination plants to EGA 13 July 2015

    While new equipment orders are few and far between in the current industrial minerals mining environment, Outotec has secured an €80m contract for the delivery of two plants to the United Arab Emirates. Read More

  • FLSmidth to deliver dry sintering alumina line to Pikalevo Soda 10 July 2015

    Mining technology provider has agreed to deliver a new dry sintering alumina line, worth €60m, to Russian cement and minerals producer Pikalevo Soda. While the company’s outlook for investment in mining equipment is subdued as far ahead as 2016, it is focusing its efforts on technologies that reduce energy consumption, increase production and are more sustainable in the current downturn. Read More

  • Weir to expand presence in oil industry with $47m Delta Industrial Valves purchase 07 July 2015

    The company supplies technology to both the minerals mining industry and the oil and gas sector, and Weir's Delta Industrial Valves acquisition is in keeping with its strategy of supplying solutions to oil and gas companies as well productivity, and activity in general, declines. Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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