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182 MINING | Mineral Technologies
project. It could lead to a small percentage increase in performance in the plant but in the case of a mining venture that can be a signi cant increase in the actual pro tability in that mine because they often work on such tight margins,” outlines Roberts.
“If you have an orebody in the ground you really only get one chance to extract as much as you can so with the economics of that process in mind we use the technology we develop to maximise the potential return for the customer.
“For us we are investing something equivalent to 30% of our pro t per year into R&D for new technology and that’s a sizeable reinvestment back into the business.
It means we are bringing new technology into the business every two years, bringing new products to market which keeps the overall performance improving.”
Turning downturn into upturn
The global commodity downturn forced majors, juniors and mining services companies alike to revaluate their operations. The normally strong  ow of capital had dried up thanks to lower pro tability and in turn Mineral Technologies’ role also changed.
Roberts explains that his focus became consolidating the relationships the company had with its long-term customers and looking at ways to reduce their costs to bring down

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