FLSmidth & Co A/S

Sustainable productivity through innovation

FLSmidth (FLS) is a world leading cement and mining equipment manufacturer, providing service and technology to extract base metals and critical raw materials as a “one source” provider across the mining flowsheet, including flotation processes.

FLSmidth is the premier brand for the world's largest installed base of original equipment, enhanced products, technologies, and services unmatched in the mining and minerals processing industries. Few other technology suppliers can offer such a broad range of equipment and processes for a variety of applications including: crushing, grinding, classifying, flotation, thickening and clarifying, vacuum and pressure filtration, pyroprocessing, slurry handling and material handling, along with OEM quality replacement parts, modernization services and other after-sale services.

Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB

Committed to developing carbon-free processes and products by 2045

Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (publ), which is abbreviated to LKAB, is an international mining and minerals group that offers sustainable iron ore, minerals and special products. We are committed to developing carbon-free processes and products by 2045, leading the transformation of the iron and steel industry. 

We are one of Sweden's oldest industrial companies and are wholly owned by the Swedish state. Since 1890 we have developed through unique innovations and technological solutions and are driven forward by more than 4,500 employees in 12 countries. LKAB's mines and processing plants are located in Malmfälten, inside the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden. Our production operations are located in Kiruna, Malmberget and Svappavaara.

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We manufacture and supply highly processed iron ore products to the global steel market. The majority of our iron ore products are sold to European steelworks. Other important markets are the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the USA. LKAB produced 27,1 million tonnes of iron ore products in 2020.

Sustainability is the core of our business, and our ambition is to be one of the most innovative, resource-efficient and responsible mining companies in the sector. 

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

Knowledge that enables effective actions and encourages daring decisions

KGHM engages in the extracting and processesing of valuable natural resources with the largest Euopean deposits of copper ore located in the south-western part of Poland right in the heart of its catchment area. Owing to its vast experience, openness and constant improvement of competencies, the company has built a unique culture of teamwork ranking high on the international arena.

Currently, the company boasts a geographically diversified portfolio of mining projects. KGHM has located its facilities on three continents – Europe, the North and South America.

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The most valuable resource of KGHM is knowledge that enables effective actions and encourages daring decisions. For years the company has been systematically investing in R&D projects.

KGHM’s R&D activities are aimed at:


  • developing new innovative solutions and technologies improving the efficiency of the KGHM Group,
    improving the safety of employees,
  • increasing productivity at individual stages of the production process, 
  • optimizing costs,
  • improving environmental protection, and
  • implementing solutions which support sustainable development.


Every year, the company advances dozens of innovative initiatives, from those at the initial conceptual stage to highly developed projects. Their realization materially contributes to the company's development.


KGHM carries out research and development activities both in cooperation with the largest Polish universities and research institutes and other entities from the industrial sector, as well as with international partners.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Building bridges between physics, chemistry and medicine

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is dealing with application-oriented basic research and focused in the research fields of energy, health and matter. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association, has six sites (Dresden, Freiberg, Görlitz, Grenoble, Leipzig, Schenefeld near Hamburg) and employs almost 1,400 people - about 500 of them are scientists including 170 PhD students.

In the research field energy of the Helmholtz Association, research is conducted in the topic of resource and energy efficiency within the program Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition. One proven method is froth flotation. Froth flotation research at HZDR is conducted both at the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. The scales of flotation research at HZDR reaches from the molecular understanding using e.g. atomic force microscopy tools or 4D microscopic particle image velocimetry up to the pilot scale. There are more than 50 researchers, students and technician active in flotation research at HZDR. 

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Create knowledge for a better world

NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is the largest university in Norway today, with a history dating back to 1910. NTNU’s vision is to create knowledge for a better world. The university has 42 000 students and 9000 employees. NTNU is Norway’s most international university in terms of student exchange and collaborates with more than 730 institutions in more than 100 countries. NTNU works in close collaboration with the research institution SINTEF, business and industry.

The university has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2005–2015, NTNU collaborated with business and industry in more than 10,000 projects. This included some 1200 Norwegian and 760 international companies. NTNU has an extensive international network with NTNU office in Brussels (together with the University of Bergen and SINTEF). NTNU is host or partner for 35 large research centres (centres of excellence, research-driven innovation and environmentally friendly energy). The university participates in 218 Horizon 2020 projects (December 2020) and has been awarded 15 ERC grants (December 2020). 
The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP) is part of NTNU’s Faculty of Engineering. IGP contributes to research, development, and innovation within three of NTNU’s main strategic research areas – energy, sustainability, and oceans. IGP currently has six research groups, within: Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics; Geology; Geophysics; Mineral Production and HSE; Reservoir Engineering and Petrophysics; and Well Construction and Production Systems. With a staff comprising of over 200 people in scientific, technical, and administrative positions, the department is host for, and a partner in, several large RCN- and EU-funded research projects, including partner in the large research centres: LowEmission; PoreLab; SUBPRO; HydroCen; SWIPA; and CGF. IGP is responsible for 14 laboratories, mechanical-, and electronic workshops.

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University of Newcastle

Transformational solutions for global challenges

At the University of Newcastle's institute for Energy & Resources (NIER), multidisciplinary teams are driving productivity and sustainability gains through applied research that is delivering transformational solutions for global challenges in sectors of national significance - energy, resources, food and water.
NIER provides an engagement model which connects academia and industry through a common platform for research in key capability areas:

  • Industrial Innovation
  • Productivity and Efficiency
  • Technologies and Utilisation 
  • Sustainability and Security

Through world-class research, industry collaboration, research education and innovative solutions, NIER is helping meet the vital resource needs of future generations.


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Nouryon is a specialty chemicals manufacturer and supplier. Markets worldwide rely on the company’s essential chemistry in the manufacturing of everyday products. Nouryon operates in over 80 countries around the world and the portfolio of industry-leading brands for the mining industry includes Armoflote, Atrac, Berol, Depramine, Lilaflot and Tecflote. Nouryon has more than 50 years of experience in providing flotation reagents and process additives as well as application support to markets such as Iron Ore, Phosphate, Sulfide, Calcite, and Potash.

In the RFC-Upscaling project, Nouryon will provide their technical expertise and sample reagents for the flotation of iron ore to identify the most suitable conditions for an optimal RFC performance depending on different mineral systems.

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Bond people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. Our purpose—we bond people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress—is a call to go beyond, to reinvent future forms of progress and create sustainable shared value for all through the power of science. In a world facing an ever-growing population and quest for resources, we aim to be the driving force triggering the next breakthroughs to enable humanity to advance while protecting the planet we all share.

We bond with customers and partners to address today and tomorrow’s megatrends. As a global leader in Materials, Chemicals and Solutions, Solvay brings advancements in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, water and air treatment, to solve critical industrial, social and environmental challenges. You can count on our innovative solutions to contribute to safer, cleaner and more sustainable future.

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From the push for greater recovery, throughput and efficiency to growing focus on energy and water usage, the mining industry continues to navigate a complex operating environment. In this context, the reagent scheme applied and the technical recommendations implemented can have a significant impact on plant optimization. Solvay helps mines use their resources more efficiently and do more with less of Earth's natural resources, even while working with the most challenging ore bodies. Solvay's industry-leading reagents, innovation and technical support can help mining operations achieve measurable results.

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Contributing to a sustainable growth

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is an independent, non-profit research institute, owned jointly by the Swedish government and the business community through a foundation. IVL was founded 1966 and has thus been active in the development of solutions to environmental problems on behalf of the business sector and the community in more than 50 years. IVL deals with environmental issues from a holistic perspective with the aim of contributing to a sustainable growth.
The institute comprises Sweden's largest groups of environmental experts and employs around 350 people, which makes IVL a leading institute for applied environmental research and consultancy services. IVL undertakes research projects and contract assignments in areas such as; natural resources, climate and environment, resource-efficient recycling and consumption, sustainable production and environmental technology, sustainable urban development, and transports.

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IVL's role in the RFC project

Evaluate the sustainability and environmental impacts of the RFC technology in a system and life cycle perspective. The evaluation mainly covers the use of primary energy resources, primary material resources, emissions to water and air, waste products, and economic aspects. The project results will also be compared with existing technologies. In particular, the WP aims to: (i) evaluate the environmental impacts of the RFC technology along the process value chain by applying Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology; (ii) to some extent provide feedback and guidance on the innovative work being carried out on RFC upscaling throughout the scientific/technical work packages; (iii) evaluate the economic aspects of the new flotation process in a system perspective using Life Cycle Cost (LCC) methodology; (iv) disseminate the project results to be used by local communities, the general public and public bodies for information about the process and consequences i.e. promote 'Life Cycle Thinking' among all consortium partners and stakeholders from outside the network as well as inform local communities and a wider audience.