Mining and rail consumables manufacturer Molycop has joined the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) as a sponsor, adding to the visionary group of innovative companies backing the global communications hub.

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CEEC CEO Alison Keogh said she looked forward to working with Molycop to boost CEEC’s information sharing about technology and processes that add value to the minerals processing industry. “Grinding to produce minerals and metals consumes almost 3 per cent of the world’s electrical energy. As a world-leading provider of grinding media and other mining consumables, Molycop is well positioned to contribute to and champion greater efficiencies in this field,” Keogh said.

Molycop Vice President of Innovation Dr Paul Shelley said the company had a strong focus on sustainability and recognised the synergies in supporting CEEC’s work. “From the development of the first heat-treated grinding ball in the 1930s to releasing the NG SAG ball in 2016, Molycop has established a 100-year track record of innovation leading to increased productivity for customer mines all over the globe,” Dr Shelley said.

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of grinding media, Molycop is committed to the research and development of effective, long-life products and technical support services with the aim to improve productivity and reduce operating costs for customers. Our R&D advances in the areas of longer life consumables, recycling and energy efficiency are changing the way we do business and the way our clients do business.

“We recognise that innovation can lead to improvements in productivity and bring the sort of step change and breakthrough impact to ensure company longevity and better environmental outcomes. We are proud to introduce and share leading initiatives that help the industry improve in this way,” he said.

Keogh said both CEEC and Molycop had a clear vision to improve value, productivity and energy efficiency. She said the addition of the company to CEEC’s team of sponsors would extend the organisation’s capacity to share information and collaborate on energy-efficiency advances.

“CEEC is proud to collaborate with mining and METS companies like Molycop, which plays a vital role in sharing energy-efficient site practices and mineral processing improvement opportunities globally,” Keogh said.

“Molycop is showing leadership by investing in renewable energy supply to its manufacturing facilities and through innovative recycling processes in the production of some of their product lines. By communicating these initiatives more widely, we hope to inspire others in the industry to take actions to improve mining’s energy and emissions footprint.”

*Article published in the April-June 2020 issue of The Asia Miner

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