Downer’s Mineral Technologies business and research alliance partners, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) recently celebrated its first year researching solutions that will revolutionise the way mining products are manufactured by using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it’s more commonly known.
Today, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, announced the recipients of the Government’s METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds, confirming Mineral Technologies innovative automation project with Roy Hill will receive $1 million, matching funds contributed by Roy Hill.
Mineral Technologies and Roy Hill’s project is focused on automating the gravity separation spiral process used in Roy Hill’s iron ore beneficiation plant in Western Australia to optimise the concentration of lower grade ore into higher value ore for export.
Announced at Mineral Technologies on the Gold Coast, the partners were among eight mining supply businesses awarded $4.1 million in Government innovation funding.
Downer’s General Manager Process and Engineering, Jess Maddren, said Mineral Technologies was proud to be awarded funding with Roy Hill to deliver the important project and to welcome the Minister to its Carrara head office.
“The project funding along with Roy Hill’s contribution is a significant investment and will ensure that Mineral Technologies can resource the automation project. It was a privilege to host the METS Ignited announcement event and meeting with Minister Andrews at Mineral Technologies provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase our world class metallurgical testing and production facility,” said Jess.
“We are thankful to Roy Hill for assisting in the preparation of the funding submission and with funding now in place we are assembling a talented team of engineers, designers and mineral processing experts to deliver the project.”
Downer’s Executive General Manager, Engineering and Construction, Andrew Foster, said that METS Ignited funding will assist Mineral Technologies to continue to bring improvements in gravity separation.
“Downer looks forward to seeing the automation project bring a step-change to the management of iron ore beneficiation. Our close working relationship with Roy Hill is paramount to the project’s success and we thank Roy Hill for their support in securing the project funding,” said Andrew.
Mineral Technologies is a Downer Company and employs 150 people on the Gold Coast with international teams in Africa, the America’s and India and is an excellent example of Australian innovation delivering solutions worldwide.
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Agreement kicks off research project to revolutionise the way composite polymers are used to manufacture precision-engineered mineral separation and mining equipment.
Through its Mineral Technologies business, Downer has formed an alliance with University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) to cooperatively research solutions that will revolutionise the way additive manufacturing can be used to significantly improve the production of mineral separation equipment and create new manufacturing technologies.