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  • FLSmidth has signed an agreement with Microsoft to accelerate its digital journey and further advance its MissionZero sustainability ambition for the mining and cement industries.

The collaboration will co-innovate and improve FLSmidth’s existing offerings, speed up the delivery of productivity enhancements to customers, and seek to increase the company’s ability to demonstrate technological leadership in mining and cement in support of customers’ sustainability and productivity goals.

“This relationship is a significant step on FLSmidth’s digital journey, and one that will help us deliver some of the very best productivity and sustainability enhancing digital solutions to our customers,” FLSmidth chief digital officer Mikko Tepponen said.

“It will quicken our journey and increase our ability to provide top-in-class digital solutions to customers.”

Together with Microsoft, FLSmidth will work to deliver on a roadmap of initiatives and technologies to help customers become more productive and sustainable in their operations.

This roadmap outlines three waves of technology advancements and how the company aims to collaborate with and support customers.

The first wave is focussed on accelerating the Internet of Things journey through Microsoft Azure, increasing the array of connected assets and delivering insights that will improve the efficiency of customer activities.

The second wave’s goal is to focus on applying Azure Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twin technology to help FLSmidth offer customers novel and value-adding business models (e.g., equipment and performance as a service).

In the third wave, FLSmidth and Microsoft aim to establish an ecosystem together with their customers and partners, where members exchange and enrich data, and create a digital marketplace that supports increased sustainability in mining and cement.