BASF has signed a long term agreement with the CSIRO for space at the Australian Minerals Research Centre to build a global mining R&D technology centre.
Starting next month, scientist will begin studying mineral processing technology, looking at advanced rheology modifiers for improved thickening, as well as tailings, and the modification of the crystallisation process in alumina production.
"Our vision is to become the leading chemical solutions provider to the mining industry by investing in existing and innovative technologies for mineral processing and metal production of ores," Steffen Kudis, head of BASF’s oilfield and mining chemicals business, said
"We are increasing our R&D spending and strengthening our market focused organisation," Kudis explained.
"The agreement with CSIRO is an important step towards building technology and innovation leadership and demonstrates our global commitment to the mining industry."
BASF has also agreed to provide funds for research by the Parker Centre for five years, which is a collaborative research organisation focused on hydrometallurgy R&D.
Gregor Brodt,who is in charge of global development at oilfield and mining chemical division, added that “our research will greatly benefit from the intellectual property generated from the Parker Centre and from our interactions with the participant research groups".
BASF says that mining is now becoming a central focus for the company – particularly the resources industry in Australia and New Zealand – and recently established an Asia Pacific Industry Target Group Mining to grow the business in the region.