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This, the 11th International Comminution Symposium (Comminution '18) was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof. Aubrey Mainza and was sponsored by Magotteaux, Keramos, Russell Mineral Equipment, Starkey & Associates, Grinding Solutions, King's Ceramics & Chemicals, Loesche, TOMS, ZEISS, FLSmidth, Outotec, Cenotec, CHEMCO Advance Material, Maelgwyn Mineral Services & Metso. Media sponsors were International Mining, and the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) were industry advocates.


"Comminution must be the key mineral processing technology during the next 50 years." - Prof. Alban Lynch (August 2013)



MEI's Comminution conferences are established as the main events for profiling cutting edge research and innovation in all aspects of crushing, grinding and ultrafine grinding in the minerals industry.

We strongly encourage a good balance between industrially based and academic research papers showing the benefits of basing practical application on scientific rigour, such as the industrial validation of models and control techniques.


"Comminution '14 not only enhanced my knowledge but also helped me identify solutions to the milling circuit I manage. Some of the discussions we had, we have carried them forward as part of the business process improvements. I also managed to identify with a huge pool of knowledgeable people from across the world. I could not imagine communicating daily and interacting with people from SA, USA, France, Iran, China, Australia and various other countries."
Clifford Farai Mutevhe, Anglo American Platinum, Zimbabwe


Draft papers were published as an unrefereed Proceedings on a USB memory stick, and selected papers will be published, after peer-review, in a special Comminution issue of Minerals Engineering journal.



On Sunday 15th April, Grinding Solutions Ltd hosted a free seminar "The Journey from Mineralogy through Validation to Control and Optimisation", an open event catering for both MEI Comminution 18 conference attendees and any other industry professionals.

Full details can be found on the MEI Blog.



Comminution '18 was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof. Aubrey Mainza.

Prof. Aubrey Mainza graduated with a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing) from the University of Zambia in 1998. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (specialising in the areas of comminution and classification in mineral processing) at UCT in 2006. He joined the Centre for Minerals Research as a Research Officer in 2002, then became a Senior Research Officer, and is now a Senior Lecturer in the Centre. Today Aubrey heads CMR's Comminution research, teaches core Chemical Engineering, and participates extensively in collaborative research with international universities, mining companies, and comminution and classification equipment manufacturers.

Aubrey Mainza



Comminution '18 was certified for Continuing Professional Development.




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