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  • Lithium Australia “revolutionises” lithium production IM May 2016

    Lithium Australia NL announced in February this year to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) that it had achieved a processing breakthrough to revolutionise lithium production. The process is known as ‘Sileach’ and is undertaken at low temperatures and atmospheric pressures to achieve a low-energy, environmentally friendly, low-cost extraction of metals, in particular lithium, from silicate minerals. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, finds out more. Read More

  • Boart Longyear: Drilling through the downturn IM April 2016

    As the mining industry continues to struggle through an abnormally prolonged downcycle, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, speaks with equipment manufacturer Boart Longyear about how the company is shielding its business from the worst effects of the market trough. Read More

  • Technical ceramics: Perfecting the process IM March 2016

    Demand for technical ceramics has remained relatively stable over the last few years, but increasingly detailed customer specifications for these materials mean that manufacturers are having to become more flexible in their product designs. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, examines some of the new developments in manufacturing techniques. Read More

  • Metso and Outotec to cut workforce in market downturn IM February 2016

    Mining technology providers Metso and Outotec have completed employee negotiations and will begin restructuring by cutting a number of positions in Finland as both companies struggle to make savings in the capex downcycle. Read More

  • Research points to growth in mining equipment industry IM January 2016

    Slowing capex investment and fewer greenfield projects have resulted in lower 2015 sales for mining equipment providers. However, The Freedonia Group has predicted that there will be a rebound in demand out to 2019, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, reports. Read More

  • Neometals enters into exclusive licence for low cost TiO2 production technology 14 December 2015

    Having secured exclusive rights to the titanium dioxide processing technology, Neometals will now be responsible for developing and commercialising the process, which it says has a competitive edge over existing TIO2 flowsheets. Read More

  • Metso to provide cutting edge processing technology in Algeria IM December 2015

    Although investment in equipment by the mining sector has lulled, Metso says there is growing demand for more efficient technology, particularly in countries where health, safety and environmental regulations are tightening, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, finds. Read More

  • Lightship technology to help mining companies steer site activity IM November 2015

    As miners address operational inefficiencies in the current downturn and implement changes to prepare for the future, Canadian technology group Lightship says its work site management platform can aid emergency responses at mines, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, finds. Read More

  • The importance of tailings management IM October 2015

    An increased focus on sustainable mining owing to stricter regulation and higher levels of interest from the public is creating opportunities for technology companies, particularly in waste management. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, investigates. Read More

  • 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

  • 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

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