Finalists named for 2016 METS Ignited Collaboration Award

2 November 2016

Core Resources-Glencore Technology and Thiess-Haynes Group-Auxilium Systems named as finalists for the 2016 METS Ignited Collaboration Award.

Two groups of finalists have been announced as nominees for the 2016 METS Ignited Collaboration Award and the winner will be announced at the IMARC Gala Dinner in Melbourne on 9 November.

A collaborative partnership between METS company Core Resources and global miner Glencore Technology, and a collaboration consortia between world's largest mining services provider Thiess, with project partners Haynes Group and Auxilium Systems, have delivered successful outcomes from their work together.

Glencore, through its technology arm Glencore Technology, partnered with Australian METS company Core Resources to collaborate on the commercialisation of the Albion Process TM for treatment of refractory ores and minerals. The result is an excellent mode of a collaboration between a global mining company and an innovative Australian METS supplier. In 2015, the partners successfully completed the installation of a benchmark Albion Process treatment plant for GeoProMining Gold LLC at is GPM Gold Project in Armenia.

The Albion Process TM is a novel technology for the processing of refractory ores, allowing gold recovery to increase from 20% to >90%, ensuring a commercially viable operation.

Thiess and its collaboration partners, Haynes Group and Auxilium Systems, have created a unique lighting tower refurbishment program for its operations across Australian, using conventional mine specification 240V AC metal halide lighting tower and converting them to 24V DC LED lighting towers in turn reducing operating costs, improving productivity and safety. For these three collaboration partners this project has created new technologies, diversified their business units and created products and services not previously available to the marketplace.

The METS Ignited Collaboration Award recognises successful collaboration between METS companies, miners and researchers, working together on products and solutions for mutual gain. The Award aims to foster a highly collaborative culture in the sector, essential to accelerating the rate of innovation and commercial outcomes.

Ric Gros, METS Ignited CEO said METS Ignited is committed to developing ways to assist METS companies, researchers and miners to collaborative towards common goals, creating step-change within the mining innovation ecosystem.

"METS Ignited launched the Collaboration Award to recognise and encourage successful collaborative initiatives between METS companies, miners and researchers," said Mr Gros.

"Collaboration within the mining innovation ecosystem underpins the continued success of the Australian METS and mining sectors.

"Strengthening these relationships is a key to the sector's growth and success. Successful collaboration within the mining ecosystem will continue to contribute to the acceleration of innovation and commercialisation.

"Many great results are achieved through collaboration between industry and this award is one of the ways in which to acknowledge and showcase the successful outcomes of these initiatives," said Mr Gros.

The judging panel for this award included industry experts from METS Ignited, Austmine, Barrick, Hatch, and VCI.

The winning collaboration will be announced as the winner at the IMARC Gala Dinner next week.