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  • Pilbara iron mining bulk tonnage autonomous haulage convoy

    Autonomous convoys to deliver WA iron ore

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The economics of mining bulk tonnage commodities such as iron ore often hinge upon the ability to economically deliver millions of tons of product per year to global markets. Typically, trains and ships are the lowest cost options for moving ore at this scale. If an iron ore deposit is too far away from the ocean and too small to justify the expense of connecting to world markets via rail, then it becomes stranded. Unless, maybe, an autonomous convoy of triple-trailer trucks...

  • Sandvik acquires mine planning software company for rock solutions

    Sandvik adds Deswik software expertise

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Multinational engineering company Sandvik AB Dec. 2 signed an agreement to acquire Australia-based Deswik Mining Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd., a leading software company that will add to Sandvik's portfolio of specialized expertise for the mining industry. Founded in 2008, Deswik saw significant growth in its early years, despite mining downturn and the global financial crisis, expanding into the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Russia, Peru, Chile,...

  • GE Additive manufacturing Airbus aerospace titanium aluminum 3d printing

    Airbus secures metal 3D printing powder

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Canada-based AP&C has signed a deal to supply Airbus with titanium powders for 3D printing, a technology that is gaining traction for manufacturing lighter, more durable, and uniquely designed parts for the aerospace industry. AP&C is the metal powder company for GE Additive, a division of the famed multinational energy corporation that sees metal 3D printing as a pioneering process with the potential to transform businesses. Often referred to as metal additive manufacturing...

  • GE Hitachi small modular reactor SMR nuclear power plant

    GE Hitachi to bring clean energy to Canada

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Selected as the technology partner for the Darlington nuclear project, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy will work with Ontario Power Generation to deploy a BWRX-300 small modular reactor at the Darlington site on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Clarington. "We are thrilled to be selected by OPG as a technology partner," said GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy President and CEO Jay Wileman. "OPG is Ontario's climate change leader and is positioned to become a world leader in SMRs....

  • BMW electric vehicle EV milestone expanding charging network

    BMW delivers 1 millionth electric vehicle

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Upon exceeding 500,000 electric vehicles – including battery EVs and hybrids – in 2019, BMW Group announced plans to surpass 1 million electrified vehicles within two years. Fast forward, Dec. 6, 2021, and the German automaker has kept its promise. "The delivery of our one-millionth electrified vehicle marks a milestone in our transformation – and we already have the next one in our sights: We aim to break through the two-million mark in just two years," said Pieter Nota,...

  • lithium cobalt nickel graphite manganese battery metals minerals

    Electra to recycle battery metals in 2022

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 21, 2021

    In another step toward realizing its vision of establishing a lithium battery materials park at its First Cobalt refinery in Ontario, Electra Battery Materials Corp. is putting in motion a plan to begin recycling lithium, nickel, cobalt, copper, and graphite from the black mass produced from recycled lithium-ion batteries. "With our existing facility in Canada, Electra can be the first recycler to establish a closed-loop supply of battery materials, making electric vehicles... Full story

  • gold leaching cyanide alternative formula safe environmental

    An EnviroMetal alternative to cyanide

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 7, 2021

    In spite of its toxic and corrosive reputation, cyanide has been the go-to chemical for gold recovery since 1890 due to its unmatched ability to dissolve the precious metal into a solution. Or, more precisely, previously unmatched ability to recover gold. A new, more environmentally sound formula has been developed in Canada that rivals and sometimes even exceeds cyanide gold recovery, according to tests carried out by world-leading analytical firm SGS. Developed by... Full story