Mining Chemicals BASF Invests in R&D for Mining in Australia
Mining has become a central focus for BASF globally. To strenghen its position, BASF plans to build a global R&D and technology centre in Autralia. Furthermore the company participates in collaborative research with a collaborative research organization focused on hydrometallurgy R&D.
Perth/Australia – BASF has signed a long-term agreement with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to lease laboratory and office space at the Australian Minerals Research Centre in Perth. Starting in January 2012, BASF will build a global R&D and technology centre, employing six researchers and developers by the end of 2012.
In first projects, scientists will be studying mineral processing specific innovation needs such as advanced rheology modifiers for the improvement of the thickening process for valuables and tailings or modification of the crystallization process in alumina production.
Further Projects in the Field of Hydrometallurgy
BASF also agreed to sponsor research undertaken by the Parker Centre starting from July 2012. For five years, BASF will make a substantial financial contribution to participate in collaborative research in the areas of breakthrough technologies and process fundamentals primarily focused on alumina, base metals (particularly cobalt, copper, nickel and zinc), gold and uranium.
The Parker Centre is a collaborative research organization focused on hydrometallurgy R&D, involving three research institutions (CSIRO, Curtin University and Murdoch University) and strongly supported by 20 mineral processing companies.
“Our vision is to become the leading chemical solutions provider to the mining industry by investing in existing and innovative technologies for mineral processing and metal production of ores. To be successful, we are increasing our R&D spending and strengthening our market focused organization. The agreement with CSIRO is an important step towards building technology and innovation leadership and demonstrates our global commitment to the mining industry,” said Steffen Kudis, Head of BASF’s Oilfield and Mining Chemicals business.