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This was the 3rd MEI conference on pyrometallurgy, and the first to be held outside South Africa. It was a small, but international, event attended by 19 distinguished delegates from 8 countries.
The keynote lecture 'Pyrometallurgy for profitable ore treatment' was given by Philip Gray, formerly with Rio Tinto Corporation in the UK, and for many years an independent consultant in process engineering technology. He is also a past president of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, and on his retirement in 1995 has been involved with the design and promotion of zinc smelting technology with Zinc Metallurgy Ltd.
Philip spoke of the several natural advantages that pyrometallurgy has in the processing of ores:
Philip’s keynote was followed by 14 papers on diverse aspects of pyrometallurgy, presented by scientists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, South Africa, UK and Ukraine.
B.A. Wills, MEI, UK
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