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Metso is hosting the 16th International Flash Smelting Congress (IFSC) with copper produces Atlantic Copper and Aurubis.

The themes of IFSC includes general trends in innovation and continuous improvement based on digitalisation, the circular economy and the energy transition.

The event is currently taking place on October 1–7, and its 120 guests represent more than 20 of Metso’s Outotec flash smelting license holders from a wide range of continents.

The experts from Metso experts will also have a chance to visit Aurubis in Pirdop, Bulgaria, and Atlantic Copper in Huelva, Spain, where the IFSC will be held

“The IFSC provides a unique platform to meet with industry colleagues from around the world and discuss the latest trends and developments in copper smelting,” Metso president of the metals business area Piia Karhu said.

“We are excited to host this event together with Aurubis and Atlantic Copper and are extremely happy to see the tremendous interest the IFSC has generated.”

Aurubis chief operating officer of custom smelting and products Heiko Arnold echoed similar sentiments.

“It is a true honour to welcome the world’s most renowned experts in the field to Sofia and to the Aurubis plant in Pirdop. Our relationship dates back decades. In the Bulgarian plant, the first flash smelting technologies were implemented already some 40 years ago,” Arnold said.

“Summits like this give us a welcome opportunity to discuss the trends for producing the crucial raw material for all green energy and digital technologies; namely copper – Aurubis’ main product.”

Atlantic Copper senior vice president Carlos Ortiz said it was a pleasure to welcome professionals from all over the world to the the Atlantic Copper smelter and refinery.

“We are very pleased to host this congress. We all have a common goal to do things better, more responsibly and more sustainably,” Ortiz said.