A new initiative announced between industry supplier Metso and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) holds promise of strengthening the ability of both organizations to further develop and provide advanced technological services and solutions to the industry, according to the two participants. As part of the collaboration, Metso Process Technology and Innovation (PTI) has relocated its global head office to the Queensland Center for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) facilities in Brisbane, Australia.
“This is another initiative to provide the most advanced services and solutions to our customers. This collaboration represents an opportunity for the industry to access cost-effective R&D, specialized consulting, technical services and products,” said João Ney Colagrossi, president of Metso’s Services Business Line in its Mining and Construction group. “Mining companies, CSIRO and Metso can work together now to fast-track technology transfer, product development, commercialization and support to enhance operational performance.”
QCAT is a collaborative research precinct linking CSIRO, the Queensland government, cooperative research centers and other R&D organizations. It is one of the largest integrated research and development centers for the resources and associated advanced technology industries, and is a focal point that encourages ongoing interaction between researchers and industry. Metso said its move to QCAT strategically places it in the heart of technological innovation for the resource industry and provides access to state-of-the-art laboratory and pilot plant facilities. For CSIRO, this close collaboration facilitates further links it to the industry and provides another possible commercialization conduit for a number of research and development outcomes.
The co-location of commercial enterprises and research providers at the QCAT center will promote an ideal environment for the exchange of ideas, information and technology, according to the two parties. Other occupants at the center include Rio Tinto Alcan, BHP Billiton and Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO). Metso, to date, is the only equipment manufacturer and technology supplier represented within the facility.
“Metso’s people at QCAT are involved in process innovation and consulting in mining. They will share QCAT’s infrastructure and collaborate with CSIRO on process improvement and innovation in minerals and energy. There are many opportunities for future joint CSIRO-Metso projects,” said Dr. Mike McWilliams, executive manager of QCAT.
In particular, Metso said working with CSIRO will help take several aspects of its R&D project investigating eco-efficient mining and processing technologies and services (aimed at reducing water, energy consumption and associated carbon emissions) to the next level. “We are already working with a number of R&D institutions globally. We share many common interests with CSIRO, and with numerous opportunities for forthcoming collaborations, our recent move to QCAT is a smart fit, which will benefit CSIRO, Metso and the industry,” said Dr. Walter Valery, senior vice president of Metso’s PTI group.