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:: Malaysian State to work with UK Experts to Develop Tin Mining Industry


The Perak state of Malaysia, via one of its investment arms, Menteri Besar Incorporated has signed two technical cooperation agreements with Hertfordshire based, ITRI Limited and Camborne School of Mines, which is located in Cornwall. The aim is to revive and spur the development of the tin mining industry in the Perak state. Once known as the world’s largest tin producer, the Malaysian state, which is situated north of Kuala Lumpur, is looking at the collaboration in helping with their efforts towards re-developing a sustainable and cohesive mining industry in Perak. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of ITRI Limited in Hertfordshire between Mr. Aminudin Hashim, Chief Executive Officer of MB Inc. (Perak), Mr. David Bishop, Managing Director of ITRI Limited and Professor Frances Wall, Head of Camborne School of Mines and Professor of Applied Mineralogy.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Aminudin Hashim expressed that the State Government is currently embarking on developing a comprehensive ‘Mining Blueprint’. “Thus this collaboration between MB Inc. (Perak) and both ITRI Limited and Camborne School of Mines will greatly help in preparing the Blueprint as well as guiding its’ implementation. This is in line with the aim of the state in becoming a bustling haven by capitalising on its wealth of natural resources, and turning them into high-impact businesses," he added.

It was noted that ITRI Limited was chosen as it is the world’s foremost authority on tin research and development, as well as a promoter of sustainable tin mining initiatives on behalf of the tin industry. Meanwhile, Camborne School of Mines was selected based on its’ reputation as a world-renowned institution in the mining industry which has produced not only qualified but also internationally recognised graduates. “Partnerships in strategic areas, such as these, are important to promote sustainable economic growth and development in Perak. Subsequently, this will contribute towards the improved socio-economic well-being of the people of Perak," commented Mr. Aminudin. David Bishop, Managing Director of ITRI Ltd also welcomed the move - “New sustainable tin supply and new tin technologies to boost demand are both key to future growth of the tin industry. This collaboration is a significant step forward in achieving those goals."

Prof. Kip Jeffrey of Camborne School of Mines highlighted the importance of applying and passing on new knowledge in the area - “This is a great opportunity to apply the latest advances in development of sustainable mining technologies and practice to the tin industry and to pass them on to the next generation of engineers and researchers." The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Rt. Hon. Chief Minister of Perak, Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, as part of his official visit to London, in the United Kingdom.




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