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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: June 23rd 2004


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:: Chris Kelsey wins Warren Centre Award

The renowned Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering recently announced Chris Kelsey as a recipient of its annual Innovation Heroes Award.

Inaugurated in 2003, the Warren Centre Innovation Heroes Awards are presented to Australian citizens who have taken a cutting edge engineering or technology idea, developed it, turned it into a product or service, raised capital, commenced sales and created significant wealth.

Chris, one of two award winners in 2004, won the award for his invention, development and commercialisation of the Kelsey Centrifugal Jig.

The Kelsey Centrifugal Jig works at up to forty times gravity at substantial tonnages to recover fine and difficult-to-extract ore bodies, thus avoiding the need for chemical processes that damage the environment. It is the only commercial centrifugal jig in the world, and is currently responsible for recovering more than half a billion dollars worth of ore worldwide per annum. Thisfigure is expected to double in the next two years.

Chris Kelsey (right), trained initially as a fitter and turner, has been inventing and designing specialist tooling for a range of industries for the more than 53 years. In 2002, Chris sold the Kelsey jig technology to Roche Mining MT.

Peter North, the Warren Centre Chairman, said innovation is the achievement in real life of what lies beyond a great idea.

"Innovation is what makes the idea a reality, creating economic wealth and worthwhile change. These awards aim to recognise our unsung innovation heroes,"said Peter.

Glen Zille, General Manager of Roche Mining MT said, "I am happy to add my congratulations to Chris on this achievement."

"Very early on we recognised the excellence that Chris brought to developing these innovative ideas and we have confidence that the Kelsey products will contribute significantly to our business growth,"said Glen.

Chris continues to contract his services to Roche where he assists in the development of new ideas on further innovative technologies that the company is exploring. The Kelsey FAG Mill is an example of other innovative technology development by Chris which is now being commercialised by Roche Mining MT. It is expected that this fine autogenous grinding mill which uses no grinding media and consumes considerably less power will provide significant benefits to users.




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