Metso and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, have finalized a three-year agreement encompassing joint research and performance evaluations of the Vertimill grinding mill developed by Metso. The project supports Metso’s continuing quest to improve the effectiveness of its grinding solutions. The agreement is part of a longstanding relationship between Metso and the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at the university’s Sustainable Minerals Institute.

The project provides JKMRC with the opportunity to enhance its already significant knowledge base in stirred milling while providing direct value to Metso and its technologies. According to JKMRC Director Professor Geoff Gault, Metso has been a strong supporter of research at JKMRC, mainly through Metso’s Brisbane-based Process Technology and Innovation business unit. “This project cements a strategic partnership that provides a platform for future cooperation for the benefit of both Metso and the JKMRC,” said Gault.

The joint research project has a solid basis to build on. Metso and JKMRC will cooperate by sharing their expertise and methodology, and by further validating field performance in terms of energy efficiency, not only in fine grinding applications but specifically in coarse grinding applications.