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:: World’s Second Biggest Miner Joins the Parker Centre
Vale, the second largest mining company in the world, has joined the Parker Centre, the world’s leading hydrometallurgy research provider, as a Core Industry Participant.
Formerly CVRD, Vale is a multi-commodity, multinational company headquartered in Brazil, and is the world’s largest iron ore miner and the world’s second largest nickel producer. The company’s other products include bauxite & alumina, aluminium, copper, manganese, potash, coal and kaolin.
Parker Centre Managing Director Dr Steve Rogers says the Centre’s Board and Participants are pleased to welcome Vale as a significant new Centre Participant. He notes that Vale’s addition extends the international spread of the Centre’s Industry Participants into South America, adding to Participants who are headquartered in Australia, North America, South Africa and Europe.
The Centre’s relationship with Vale began with mutual visits for discussions in 2004 and 2005, but gained traction with the secondment of a senior representative from Vale’s Mineral Development Centre in Brazil to Perth, Western Australia in 2006. This representative has acted as Vale’s liaison for research conducted between Vale and Australian mineral processing researchers, including base metals-related projects with the Parker Centre. “The reputation of the Parker Centre outside of Australia was the first factor that attracted us to start working with the Centre," says Dr Natalia Streltsova, Director - Technology with Vale. “The choice then was to go for one-to-one projects between Vale and the Centre to use the Centre’s expertise in some specific areas of research."
Since 2006, Vale has invested over A$1.5 million in research projects with the Centre. Dr Streltsova says Vale’s investment will continue, but with the company having a greater involvement in the Centre as a Core Participant.
As a Core Participant, Dr Streltsova says, Vale wants to broaden the spectrum of research projects and to increase the use of the training opportunities that the Parker Centre provides. “We also want to keep up to speed with what’s happening in collaborative research areas and to collaborate in a pre-competitive environment," she says. “In terms of the areas of research, there is a good fit with Vale’s strategic directions in technology and with the spread of commodities, so we can tap into the Centre’s expertise within the areas of strategic interest," notes Dr Streltsova. “Importantly, we now have a very good exposure to individuals and to the talent that the Parker Centre has, and we have established very trusting relationships. The Parker Centre looks forward to further strengthening an already strong and productive relationship with Vale," says Dr Rogers, the Centre’s Managing Director.
Vale becomes the Centre’s tenth Core Industry Participant, joining Alcoa of Australia, AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Aughinish Alumina, BHP Billiton, Billiton Aluminium Australia, Hatch Associates, Queensland Alumina, Rio Tinto and Rio Tinto Alcan. The Centre’s 12 Supporting Participants are also involved in the minerals industry.
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