The Perak state of Malaysia has signed two technical agreements with Hertfordshire, U.K.-based ITRI Ltd. and Cornwall’s Camborne School of Mines (CSM) to revive its tin mining industry with a government-owned company. The deal was brokered on behalf of Menteri Besar Inc. by its investment firm Menteri Besar Inc.

Once the world’s No. 1 tin producer, government officials of the Malaysian state, situated north of of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, see the collaboration as primary to sustainablity and cohesion. MB Inc. CEO Aminudin Hashim spoke of a “mining blueprint with the aim of the state in becoming a bustling haven.”

ITRI, he noted, was selected as as a foremost authority on tin research and development, and as a promoter of sustainable tin mining initiatives; the Camborne School of Mines, he added, has a a global reputation among its graduates within mining industry.

Professor Kip Jeffrey, First Quantum Minerals Professor of Mining Engineering at CSM emphasized the importance of knowledge in the area. “This is a great opportunity to apply the latest advances in sustainable mining technologies and practice to the tin industry and to pass them on to the next generation of engineers and researchers,” he said.

Founded in 1951, Menteri Besar Inc. is the diversified mining, property and investment holding arm of the state of Perak, and is the state government’s strategic investor and interest holder in re-emerging industries and markets. The Camborne School of Mines (CSM) is one of the world’s most famous mining schools. Founded in 1888, CSM now has a unique combination of scientific and engineering expertise in geology, mining and minerals processing and applies this to world-leading research and teaching.

ITRI Ltd. is a leading international authority on tin with more than 80 years’ experience in tin-related technologies. A membership-based organization, it represents major tin producers and smelters with specialist knowledge of tin use in all sectors as well as groups responsible for technology, statistical and market information, regulatory affairs and sustainability.