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 nancial and operational commitments. Roberts says the reason he is happy to o er performance guarantees is once the project has been worked through in the laboratory on production size equipment, the whole team is very con dent of the outcomes for the process or plant on site.
Lifecycle services
A problem projects often face using multiple contractors is the loss of knowledge and application from the laboratory to the  nal process. Mineral Technologies provides a wide range of services across the project lifecycle which Roberts says has cost saving bene ts but also the quality of the work is better.
“The real strength for us is that our metallurgists and engineers that work in the laboratory have started the process for the lifecycle and they are the people who end up on site commissioning the plant and training the customers’ people in how to operate the plant.
“There is de nite ownership that comes
with that approach that you don’t get with
a multi-contractor approach. That’s a key di erence for us compared to your typical EPCM business where the process design is usually done by a lab and handed over to the engineer who takes no responsibility for the process actually working.”
A re ection of Mineral Technologies’ proven expertise and global presence is the work it has completed on  rst class projects around
the world. The company designed the world’s largest mineral sands wet concentrating plant at Mineral Deposit’s Grand Cote project in Senegal, designed and supplied spiral separators for Trimex in India, the design, delivery and equipment supply for the Southern Ionics mineral sands plant in the US, and the design and delivery of Arrium’s iron ore tailings treatment plants in Australia
The Mineral Technologies model is fundamentally based on quality of delivery, cutting edge technology and pride in its work with customer service and loyalty front and centre in all areas.
Roberts prides the company on the idea that it is not just an engineering business but also a technology developer. Mineral Technologies is striving to develop the next solution for its customers to improve e ciencies, timings and cost savings. The work of improving the separation equipment or  nding new ways to produce the equipment is completed by the research and development team.
The R&D team is tasked with  nding new ways to apply manufacturing technology
to keep the products price competitive. In addition, Mineral Technologies works with
its customers to continually learn from each project, improve its service, and customise its o ering for bespoke solutions. The latter has cemented Mineral Technologies’ reputation in the industry.
“A new piece of equipment that we build can be customised to any particular customer’s

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