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:: FLSmidth Adds its Weight to CEEC’s Global Drive for Efficient Comminution


Crushing and grinding ore to extract the desired mineral is described as comminution. Industries where comminution plays the most significant role are the cement and mineral industries. But all is not well in these sectors: crushing and grinding low grade ores requires more electrical energy, mine sites are increasingly remote and therefore more costly to operate, and metals prices are down. CEEC’s mission is to raise awareness of alternative crushing and grinding strategies which offer improved energy efficiency and productivity.

In August 2015, FLSmidth added its global strength to CEEC’s mission to accelerate the transfer of knowledge around more efficiency and productive mineral processing strategies. “CEEC’s mission aligns with FLSmidth’s plan to use products and technology as the means by which we supply full-service solutions to our customers. It is by undertaking the challenges faced by our clients in today’s market, FLSmidth can support our clients’ growth and success.” Commented Manfred Schaffer, President Minerals Division, FLSmidth USA Inc.

CEEC’s work to highlight the benefits of best practice in efficiency mineral processing is exemplary of the future industry FLSmidth supports. The team at FLSmidth have one solution; for cement and minerals. While cement and mining are distinct industries, there are meaningful similarities and synergies between the two. First of all, there is a significant technology overlap. Several of the products used in each of the industries are either identical or very similar, for example, crushers, and mills and material handling equipment. Secondly, FLSmidth often works on larger projects in both cement and minerals, and there are many similarities in the project management skill set needed. This provides the benefit of being able to transfer resources and best practices between the two industries.

Examples of FLSmidth’s work in efficient mineral processing may be found in CEEC’s selected industry database of technical papers on its web site. The CEEC Resource centre, along with the CEEC energy curve program are only two of the programs hosted for the industry by CEEC, to raise awareness of the benefits of alternative comminution strategies




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