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Strong consortium created to conceptually develop the “Mine of the Future”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Nordic Rock Tech Centre AB (RTC) is starting a consortium for the conceptual study “Mine of the Future”. Leading Swedish mining companies, global and Nordic suppliers have joined forces with Luleå University of Technology to develop a common vision for future mining.
The vision will be used to identify the most strategic issues that need to be addressed and solved in present mining operations to stay world class in production and in level with world class manufacturers in other sectors, and also to convey an image of the sector as innovative, interesting and sustainable. It is envisioned that the study will be used to prepare the framework for a Swedish national mining Strategic Research, Development and Innovation Agenda 2011 – 2020. The study is partly financed by the Swedish Strategic Mining Research Programme through the national agency VINNOVA (www.vinnova.se) in an agreement with the Swedish Mining Research Foundation MITU (www.bergforsk.se )
– We are very proud to manage this important project, states Stefan Romedahl, the newly appointed Managing Director of RTC.
More info: Göran Bäckblom, Programme Director, Rock Tech Centre, +46-70-5562648 goran.backblom@rocktechcentre.se, or Stefan Romedahl, Managing Director, RTC stefan.romedahl@rocktechcentre.se +46 70-3544554
See also the appended Background information.

Background information
RTC (www.rocktechcentre.se) was created in 2005 to be an attractive partner for development work within mining technology. The company wants to build sustainable relations with able partners around the globe. The previous programme for Faster and Better Drifting (FBD) received considerable attention. The ongoing MIGS programme (Mining Initiative for Development of Ground Support Systems and Equipments) is a logical extension of the FBD programme. The Mine of the Future (MIFU) is the 3rd major consortia formed under the leadership of RTC. In spite of the sudden financial collapse in the autumn 2008, it is anticipated that the need for metals and minerals also in the future will develop considerably, not the least due to the increase of the global population from current 6.7 billion (estimate November 2008) to 9.2 billion in 2050. The Nordic countries, and in particular Sweden, has an extremely good position to respond to the future challenges. The close interaction with Swedish mining companies and the Nordic supplier industry has fostered world-class technology that provides attractive jobs at home and competitive technology that contributes to make mining safe and environmental friendly. The project will deal with technology for Green, Lean and Deep mining as indicated below, but also treat the future attractive workplace.
• Conceptualise the underground Mine of the Future (Depth 1,500-2,000 m)
Identify andspecifyenablingtechnologiesConceptualiseThe Vision ofThe Mineof theFutureIdentifywhat Isrequiredto removetherestrictionsIdentifybottlenecksand restrictionsin reachingthe newobjectives
o The Attractive Workplace
o Lean and Green Mining and Mineral Processing
o New Production Processes and Technologies
• Prepare a Strategic Research, Development and Innovation Agenda 2011- 2020
The conceptual study will be finalised in December 2010. The current (April 2009) MIFU parties are:
– ABB AB. A global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. www.abb.com.
– Atlas Copco. Leading global supplier of equipment for mining and construction industry. www.atlascopco.com.
– Boliden. Boliden is one of the leading mining and smelting companies in Europe with operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland. www.boliden.com.
– Georange. A non-profit organisation whose main task is to promote the mining and minerals industry. Also engaged in environmental research. www.georange.se.
– LKAB. One of the world’s leading producers of upgraded iron ore products for the steel industry and a growing supplier of industrial minerals products to other sectors. www.lkab.com.
– Luleå University of Technology. Leading European mining university with research and education along the complete value chain. www.ltu.se.
– Metso. Leading global supplier of technology and services for the mining and construction industries. The customers work in quarrying, aggregates production, construction, civil engineering, mining and minerals processing. www.metsominerals.com .
– NCC. Leading construction and property development company in the Nordic region. www.ncc.se.
– RTC creates and manages projects within mining technology. www.rocktechcentre.se.
– Sandvik. Leading global supplier of equipment for mining and construction industry. www.sandvik.com.
– ÅF. A leader in technical consulting, with expertise founded on more than a century of experience. www.afconsult.se

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