Weir Minerals confirmed that it signed an agreement at MINExpo 2021 expanding a strategic cooperation and shared commitment for tailings processing equipment supply for mining worldwide.
The deal is a continuation of a collaboration the two have had in place since 2018 for joint tailings projects.
“This shared success has led both Weir Minerals and Andritz to renew their ongoing commitment and announce they’ll be expanding their offer to all regions around the globe,” the companies said at the Las Vegas event this week.
Specifically, the teaming will use Andritz’s separation and dewatering technologies, while Weir Minerals has strengthened its whole-of-mine capabilities, showcasing products from extraction to comminution, mill circuit and tailings management.
Weir said that its tailings management is a major element of Weir Minerals’ broader integrated solutions approach, considering problems and challenges and drawing on the experience of experts including process engineers, design engineers, product experts and materials scientists to identify potential challenges and opportunities and offer solutions.
“Decreasing ore grades mean that mines are producing more tailings than ever before,” said Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals division president.
“One of the challenges with tailings management is that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach; each mine requires a tailored solution that carefully considers the minerals being processed, as well as the site’s climatic and geological conditions. Weir Minerals prides itself on having both the expertise and equipment that allows us to partner with miners everywhere to plan and implement tailings solutions based on their operations’ unique challenges and this agreement with Andritz enhances those capabilities.”
“This latest agreement enhances our overall tailings offering and enables us to provide our customers with a complete tailings solution,” said Charlie Stone, Weir Minerals VP sales and business development – mill circuit.
“Under the brand name IsoDry, we will continue to offer customers a range of mechanical separation technologies, such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges and vacuum belt filters.”
Weir Minerals and Andritz also reiterated that they continue to share a commitment to sustainability that will be part of their ongoing work together.
“Shareholders and stakeholders are rightfully demanding more sustainable mining practices and tailings management is an area where there’s a lot of scope for improvement. “Shareholders and stakeholders are rightfully demanding more sustainable mining practices and tailings management is an area where there’s a lot of scope for improvement. Ultimately, we believe that sustainable solutions are not only environmentally beneficial, but also reduce operating costs and minimise risk,” said David Almond, Weir Minerals global director, product management process.