Partners



VTT is the coordinator of the ITERAMS project and work package leader of WP7 Clustering and WP8 Management.
VTT is a non-profit government organisation established by law and operating under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT is a multitechnological research organisation providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services.
VTT’s activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment.
VTT is impact-driven, with the following value propositions: Empowerment by digitalisation; Sustainability from smart communities; Disruptive industrial ecosystems; Clean energy systems; Prosperity from natural resources.
VTT Group is the largest public applied research activity in Northern Europe, over the years, VTT has participated in more than 1000 European R&D Framework Programme projects,



Outotec provides leading technologies and services for the Sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. As the global leader in minerals and metals processing technology, we have developed many breakthrough technologies over the decades for our customers in metals and mining industry. We also provide innovative solutions for industrial water treatment, the utilization of alternative energy sources and the chemical industry. With a global network of sales and service centers, research facilities and over 4,800 experts, Outotec generated annual sales of approximately EUR 1.2 billion in 2015. Outotec shares are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki.



BRGM is the leading public institution in the field of Earth Science in France. Its main mission is to develop and improve methodologies and techniques for the management of surface and subsurface resources, through technological research and development and innovation, support to public policies and citizen information, international cooperation and development aid, and safety and monitoring of former mining sites.
BRGM employs 1,052 people, including more than 700 researchers and engineers. The Waste and Raw material Team belongs to the Water, Environmental and Ecotechnologies Department. This R&D team is composed of 17 Process and Environmental engineers & researchers working on process development & environmental analysis (including LCA) in the field of waste management, recycling, water management and primary resources treatment (mineral processing and extractive metallurgy).



Montanuniversität Leoben looks back on a successful past and has a long and proud tradition as a centre for education and research. In total approximately 4500 students are enrolled in the BSc, MSc and PhD programs.
The research portfolio of Montanuniversität Leoben comprises the value-added lifecycle, starting with the exploration and extraction of raw materials, followed by fields such as metallurgy, high-performance materials, process- and production engineering, and complemented by environmental engineering and recycling. Montanuniversität Leoben is strongly committed to integrating the concept of sustainability into the value-added cycle and enhancing the development of high-tech manufacturing and production processes. Montanuniversität Leoben is a „global center of excellence“ in its core disciplines:

  • mineral resources production and processing
  • metallurgy
  • high-performance materials
  • process and product engineering
  • environmental technology and recycling



Kevitsa Mining Oy is a mining operation wholly owned by First Quantum minerals limited. The mine operates in Northern Finland in the Lapland province. This operation is a Cu-Ni PGE operation commissioned in 2012 and currently treats 7.2 million tonnes per annum of ore through the processing plant. The processing plant consists of a crushing, grinding, flotation and concentrate dewatering circuits. Kevitsa recycles 90% of its process water and flotation performance has seasonal variations owing to process water quality variations and aspect which we target to understand and resolve by participation in this project as an industrial partner. Additionally Kevitsa being a world class mining operation, it is keen to be in the forefront of sustainable mining development initiatives and has partnered other research groups with the same targets.



Hacettepe Mineral Technologies (HMT) LTD is a spin-off company operates at Hacettepe University Technology Development Centre. It is established as R&D company. HMT works in collabotaions with MTA (General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration) in Turkey, SGS Minerals Services UK Ltd, ActLab Canada and ALS Chemex.
The range of capabilities and skills of HMT research staff gives the opportunity to work on various areas of mineral processing. HMT is therefore capable of completing any kind of mineral processing project from ore characterization to concentrate production.
The diversity brings productiveness and excellence. The list of the basic research areas in the scope of HMT are; performance evaluation and optimisation by modelling and simulation, energy efficient grinding technologies, development of a geometallurgical tool for ore characterization such as oxidation index, modelling effects of water chemistry on flotation performance, development of dry processing techniques, clean coal technologies, sensor based control systems, machine vision, use of mineral probes and electrochemical systems for online monitoring of pulp chemistry and software development for mineral processing such as Lave.



The University of Oulu is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education. UO is one of the largest universities in Finland with an exceptionally wide academic base. The research at Oulu university aims at solving global challenges by combining multidisciplinary approaches, high level research and fruitful collaboration in five focus areas. One of those is Creating sustainability through materials and systems. Fibre and particle engineering research unit carries out research in the field of biomaterials, biochemical and advanced inorganic materials in circular economy. In the area of inorganic materials and circular economy the emphasis of research is the development of geopolymer material from mine tailings, incineration ashes, slags from metallurgical industry and other inorganic industrial residuals. Within geopolymer research the stabilization of harmful substances of ash and slag, geopolymerization of sulphidic mine tailings and geopolymerisation of mineral wool waste are investigated. The unit works in close collaboration with industrial companies in several regionally and nationally funded projects.



GreenDelta is an independent sustainability consulting and software company located in Berlin, Germany, founded in 2004 as a capital company. It provides internationally-leading services that cover all aspects of software and consulting in sustainability. It combines highly professional, skilled, agile software development, preferably but not only in the open source domain, with profound expertise in Life Cycle Assessment, Social Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, data management, and data quality assurance. More in detail, GreenDelta’s expertise in Life Cycle Assessment studies (Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, social Life Cycle Assessment, carbon footprint), critical review and quality assurance for Life Cycle studies, also according to ISO 14040 and 14044, strategic sustainability consulting, and social Life Cycle data compilation. In addition, GreenDelta is expert in customised software development for life cycle analyses, being the developer of the open source LCA software openLCA and the SimaPro regional competence centre for Germany, and it works extensively in LCA data harmonisation and conversion.



IMA is a privately owned company, who started as a spin-off from Outokumpu Technology Group in 1994. In nineties IMA had developed and was manufacturer and seller of advanced on-line XRF analyzers to industrial minerals and to cement plants in global market. In 2005 company focus was slowly turning to mining applications, and after intensive and long-term research and development work, company has now a unique “On-Line Mine” concept, which includes solutions from exploration to mining and to mill. Company IPR includes various on-line analytical technologies and products integrated with mining equipment such as drill rigs. “On-line Mine” Concept integrates analytical grade (and geo-metallurgical information) and location of the ore in the benches, in muck-piles, or in mill feeding piles, or on the feeding conveyor with metallurgical data that is eventually collected in the mill (in the flotation). IMA analyzers provide on-line analytical data, which can now be timely used in ore grade control in the mine to reduce waste rock dilution, or avoid ore losses, and to sort material based on their mineralogical or elemental grade.



Anglo American is a globally diversified mining business. his portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the raw materials to meet the growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing economies.
Anglo American people are at the heart of its business. It is this people who use the latest technologies to find new resources, plan and build our mines and who mine, process and move and market our products – from diamonds (through De Beers) to platinum and other precious metals and copper – to our customers around the world.
As a responsible miner, Anglo American people are the custodians of those precious resources. We work together with our key partners and stakeholders to unlock the long-term value that those resources represent for our shareholders, but also for the communities and countries in which we operate – creating sustainable value and making a real difference.



Aalto University works towards a better world through top-quality research, interdisciplinary collaboration and pioneering education. The university was founded 2010 as a merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The School of Chemical Technology has among its research priorities process technology, advanced metals and minerals recovery processes, and active and functional materials, clean technologies, etc. The School deals with materials, their production and related processes, design and applications and has a strong cooperation with the Finnish industry.
The Aalto research group comprises of researchers, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students from the Research Group for Mineral Processing and Recycling (MPR), the Research Group for Thermodynamics and Modelling (TM) and the Research Group of Clean Technologies (CT). The MPR is internationally recognized and conducts high-quality research in the field of minerals processing with strong focus on interfacial phenomena at air-liquid and solid-liquid interfaces.
The TM conducts world-class research on the field of material properties related to equilibrium phenomena, experimental thermodynamics both at high temperatures and in aqueous solutions, and modelling of materials properties. The research projects focus on experimental thermodynamics.
CT group highlights the viewpoint of sustainable development. Their research covers the ecological aspect of sustainable development comprehensively.



A university incorporated in accordance with the Higher Education Act, 1997, and the statute of the University of Cape Town, promulgated under Government Notice No. 1199 of 20 September 2002.
Numerous post-graduate research projects (masters and PhD level) have been conducted on the prediction and managment of environmental impacts relating to minerals beneficiation systems and solid mineral wastes within the Minerals to Metals Research Initiative and Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research under the auspices of the South African National Research Foundation and Water Research Commission (2002-current).



Caspeo is a French SME founded in 2004, proposing advanced solutions for process analysis and optimisation. Caspeo’s know-how consists in process material balance engineering, process modelling and simulation, process design and optimisation, material balance management and follow-up. Caspeo is the publisher of process analysis software: USIM PAC, BILCO & ECHANT. It also develops the INVENTEO metallurgical accounting solution. Caspeo is an innovative company having a large part of its activity in R&D for its own needs or for contractors. Extensively validated in the mineral industry, Caspeo’s approach and tools have also been transferred to other sectors such as waste recycling and biomass processing. Caspeo’s staff has a long experience in the mathematical modelling of industrial unit operations including mechanical, chemical, thermal as well as biological processes.



Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969. LUT has outstanding feature of successfully integrating expertise in technology and economics. Their international community is composed of approximately 6,500 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education. Lappeenranta University of Technology has a working community of approximately 1000 staff members.
LUT produce problem solvers, and they also provide solutions to global environmental and economic challenges. LUT focus on demanding topical issues, such as the mitigation of climate change and the continuous availability of clean water and energy. Their expertise in energy is reflected in the Green Campus, a unique research and study environment, where the university's expertise in energy as well as its own innovations are put to practical use. Green Campus is LUT way of thinking and operating, allowing them to utilise interdisciplinary research and teaching activities innovatively to reduce environmental load.
LUT is a higher education institute producing annually approximately 700 scientific articles and conference papers. Approximately 70 doctors graduate from LUT annually.



Amphos 21 is a scientific, technical and strategic consultancy leading with key environmental issues, particularly in the frame of waste and water management. The mining industry is at present the largest environmental market for the company.
AMPHOS 21 group, with offices in Spain, Chile, perú and France. is scientific and technical consultancy addressing a range of environmental issues, mainly associated with the management and disposal of hazardous wastes, contaminated groundwater and soils, water management, environmental planning and development of specific tools for resources management as well as strategic communication. The mining industry is at present the largest environmental market for the company. The main output is the expert advice in innovative solutions to sustainable resources management and, as a result, AMPHOS 21 is pioneer in the introduction of creative technological solutions to the environmental market. AMPHOS 21 counts on a team of highly qualified professional specialized in scientific and technical disciplines related to geosciences, water studies, climate change, mining solutions and strategic communication.



SOMINCOR is a Portuguese company that owns and operates the Neves Corvo copper and zinc mine in the south of Portugal. It is a subsidiary of Lundin Mining. The mine exploits five major ore bodies from an underground mine and has been operating for 25 years. The ore is processed on-site and tailings are disposed of in the Cerro de Lobo impoundment some 3 km from the plant. Concentrates are dispatched by rail and road for onward shipping to customers.
Six massive sulphide lenses have been defined at Neves-Corvo comprising Neves, Corvo, Graça, Zambujal, Lombador, and Semblana. The base metal grades are segregated by the strong metal zoning into copper and zinc zones, as well as barren massive pyrite. The massive sulphide deposits are typically underlain by stockwork sulphide zones which form an important part of the copper orebodies.



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