Metso joins CRC ORE cohort as member

Metso's Lokotrack ST2.8 mobile screening unit.

Engineering company Metso has been welcomed as a participant of the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE).

The company joins other well-known mining equipment, technology and services (METS) providers, such as Orica, Sedgman and Imdex, in its support of the CRC, which focuses on implementing various technologies to improve extraction and productivity.

In addition to support from METS participants like Metso, CRC ORE also has the backing of well-known research participants in science and academia, as well as industry sector support from several Tier 1 miners such as BHP, Glencore, Anglo American and Teck.

“Metso’s cutting-edge services and solutions improve availability and reliability in minerals processing and flow control, providing sustainable process and profit improvements,” Metso vice president of innovation LAB Lars Grönvall said.

“We are excited by what can be achieved by partnering with CRC ORE and its high-quality participants in developing solutions to more efficiently separate valuable ore from waste material as early as possible in the mining process.”

Headquartered in Finland, Metso employs over 14,000 employees in more than 50 countries. The company’s recent mining deals in Australia include a major pyro-processing and comminution equipment contract at Albemarle’s Kemerton lithium plant near Bunbury, Western Australia.

Since Metso became a participant of CRC ORE, it has contributed one of its Lokotrack mobile screening units for a grade engineering production trial at Sumitomo’s Minera San Cristóbal silver-lead-zinc mine in Bolivia.

CRC ORE chief executive officer Ben Adair said he was encouraged by Metso’s commitment to improve productivity, energy and water signatures at mining operations.

“Now well into our second term at CRC ORE, we appreciate the support given by specialist equipment provider Metso and the expertise they bring as a participant,” Adair said.

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