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This, the 2nd International Symposium on Processing of Nickel Ores & Concentrates (Nickel Processing '10), was organised by Minerals Engineering International in consultation with Dr Norman Lotter and sponsored by Xstrata Process Support.

The rapid fall in nickel prices after the global recession has increased the need to improve the efficiency of the processing of nickel ores and concentrates. Indeed, process efficiency is really the key to survival and this is a time when improved technology can make significant contributions to the economics of technical operations. It is intended that the conference will attract contributions from experts around the world, to provide a forum for discussion of common problems and possible performance opportunities.

The aim of this conference was to bring together researchers and plant operators, to discuss all aspects of the physical and chemical processing of nickel ores, copper-nickel ores and laterites, and nickel concentrates, including:

  • Froth Flotation and other beneficiation methods
  • Bio and Hydrometallurgy
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Environmental aspects of nickel processing and smelting

    Delegates at a previous conference



The conference was organized by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Dr Norman Lotter.

Norman Lotter

Dr. Lotter studied at the universities of Natal and Cape Town in South Africa, and later, at McGill University, Montreal. His field of interest is in sampling, flotation testing and concentrator surveying towards flowsheet optimisation. He worked at Amplats and JCI in South Africa for twenty years, moving to Canada in 1997 to join Falconbridge in Sudbury, Ontario. He is presently Manager of the Process Mineralogy group in Xstrata Process Support, and has published collaboratively in his field (see www.myxps.ca). Together with Assoc-Prof Dee Bradshaw, he was guest editor of the special edition of Flotation 07, and is a reviewer for Minerals Engineering since 2006.


Past Conferences

Click to view the conference report, programme and delegate list from Nickel Processing 05:

"Small conference [Nickel Processing 05] - big impact"
Dr. Michael King, Director, Metallurgical Technology, Falconbridge Ltd, Canada

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