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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: February 15th 2003


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:: Australian Engineer Heads Outokumpuís Global Thickener Technology Advance

The worldwide metals and technology group Outokumpu has selected an Australian engineer to head development of its thickener technology.

The appointment of Mr Richard Triglavcanin as Global Product Manager - Thickeners was announced by Mr Neil Jagger, President of Outokumpu Technologyís Minerals Processing division.

The new appointment, headquartered in Perth, reflects the Australian operationís technological strength and experience in this key area of mineral processing efficiency, says Mr Jagger.

A mechanical engineer whose experience with Outokumpu and its predecessors spans many of the Asia-Pacificís major mining and mineral processing projects of the last 15 years, Mr Triglavcanin will work as part of a team supporting worldwide thickener sales and advanced technology.

Working as part of the international support team includes colleagues Mr Jeff Belke (Global R&D Manager Thickeners) and Mr Jason Amaranti (Senior Metallurgist Global Thickener Support). Their work will be at the forefront of technologies such as high compression paste thickeners and advanced thickener drives for the larger thickeners now entering service worldwide," said Mr Jagger.

Outokumpu Technology recently introduced a new family of high-torque, low-maintenance SCD (Supafloģ Column Drive) drives for thickeners of more than 40 metre diameter to achieve higher production efficiencies, including minimising tailings volumes and maximising solution recovery.

Mr Triglavcaninís new role will have a strong research and development element, extending advances in the technology such as larger drives and developing thickener mechanisms to increase ultimate underflow densities from those currently achievable. His team will also work to extend advances in paste thickener technology through development work in Outokumpuís Australian and worldwide test facilities, its Australian-based mobile pilot plant and by partnerships in-service with leading producers.




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