Metso has signed a minerals processing development technology agreement with the University of Queensland's JKTech.
The five year strategic research agreement is focused on the development of a 'next-gen' minerals concentrator.
Metso and JKTech SPA will work together with Chilean mining companies to develop Chile as a regional innovation hub for minerals processing, Metso said in a company statement.
The two will focus on four major themes – grinding; ball mill grinding; classification; and coarse particle flotation – with the main operational targets of productivity, and energy and water efficiency.
"The goal of this unique research program is to take some serious steps forward in the development of equipment and methods that will enable the construction of the next-generation mineral concentrator," Metso's head of mining and construction (and soon to be president) Joao Ney Colagrossi said.
"A very attractive feature of the program is that each technology offers a retrofit possibility to improve existing plant performance and can be utilsed at other mines around the world as well.
"For Metso, the program offers a way to strengthen both our relationship with the leading Chilean mining companies as well as our industry-leading position as the supplier of energy-efficient minerals processing technology and services," he said.
The University of Queensland's Dr. Ben Adair will lead the initiative.
Speaking on the agreement, Adiar said UQ is "delighted to partner with Metso in this exciting Program".
"The 'Next-Generation Concentrator' will provide a step change in the energy, capital efficiency and production signatures of process plants for the global minerals industry.
"This initiative builds on a long-standing relationship with The University of Queensland, specifically with the Sustainable Minerals Institute, SMI-JKMRC and JKTech. Our alliance with Metso will place us on the forefront of genuine sustainability in minerals processing for the mining sector. Our time frames for implementation are aggressive and we look forward to a suite of innovation outcomes for our co-creation industry partners."