Facing rising operating costs, industrial companies around the world are looking to cut down their power consumption. But cutting consumption is not the only option. Now FLSmidth is offering comprehensive waste heat recovery (WHR) systems that can be applied to new or existing cement or minerals plants. Although a new part of FLSmidth’s offerings, the WHR system is proven technology that supplies a significant part of a plant’s power needs at no extra fuel cost, reduces its carbon footprint and saves precious water.
FLSmidth is supplying an iron ore drying & grinding plant for a 6m tonnes per year (tpy) pellet plant being constructed for Centennial Steels. This is a subsidiary of Tata Steel Limited which is expanding its plant at Jamshedpur Works in India.
During the last two decades, FLSmidth has acquired a number of minerals-related companies to tap into the opportunities being created by the expanding economic developments throughout the world.
With the acquisition of Dawson Metallurgical Laboratories (DML) in July 2008, FLSmidth has increased its testing and in-plant consultation services to the minerals industries across the globe.
Since the previous issue of Highlights, several power companies have asked FLSmidth to provide a complete package of coal handling equipment and systems.
Tilcon New York’s West Nyack crushed stone facility chose a new type of gyratory crusher for their recent expansion. The 1400 x 2100 type TSU (patent pending) went into operation in October 2009 and is the first of its kind, offering improved safety, reduced design and construction costs and lower maintenance requirements.
Research and Development focused on minerals processing is a segment of the global R&D development programme, where FLSmidth continues to increase project funding and resources dedicated to minerals research and development.
John S. Frater is a legend in the mining industry. With years of experience designing pumps for the mining industry, he is renowned for his millMAX pump that raised the efficiency of minerals mining at the end of the last century. John has endured company mergers, relocation and long periods away from his family to fulfil his ambitions. And today, his designs continue to enjoy industry recognition and commercial success.
In mid-December 2009, FLSmidth acquired Utah-based Summit Valley Equipment & Engineering (SVEE) to continue building on its experience in precious metals recovery. SVEE designs and fabricates modular plants and equipment used for the extraction of gold and silver. With gold prices rallying 24% during 2009 and witnessing the climbing prices over the last few months, Summit Valley becomes a strategic investment for carrying FLSmidth forward in the precious minerals sector.