FLSmidth concludes acquisition of remaining part of Sandvik Mining Systems


With the transfer of assets in South Africa now completed, the previously announced acquisition of the Sandvik Mining Systems projects business has been finalised. The acquisition includes continuous surface mining and minerals handling technologies and competences that strengthen the company's core minerals business.

By integrating the mining systems projects business into its offerings, FLSmidth closes the gap and covers a wider range of the full mining value chain from the primary crushing point in the mine and the transport from pit to plant all the way through the minerals processing plant to the tailings handling.

“With the completion of the South African assets we have added references, local expertise and improved ability to deliver complete solutions to our Sub-Saharan customers. We welcome our new colleagues and customers to FLSmidth,” said Manfred Schaffer, Group Executive Vice President, Minerals Division.

 As part of the transfer, FLSmidth will either assume existing orders or provide project management services on behalf of Sandvik on selected ongoing projects and supply parts and services for the installed equipment.


Mimi Sofie Stabell
Strategic Marketing Manager, +45 3093 2685,


Continuing a strong partnership: FLSmidth receives fourth copper concentrator order in Kazakhstan

FLSmidth to deliver the key technologies for a fourth copper concentrator to KAZ Minerals in Kazakhstan

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Underlining FLSmidth's ability to deliver competitive, productive and efficient copper concentrator process equipment anywhere in the world, KAZ Minerals in Kazakhstan, has selected FLSmidth as their technology partner for a new, 75,000 tonnes per day line at Aktogay. FLSmidth's scope of supply includes the key machines, installation supervision, commissioning, start-up and ramp-up support.


The order will support KAZ Minerals in doubling the throughput of their Aktogay open pit copper mine from 75,000 tonnes per day to 150,000 tonnes per day. FLSmidth has previously delivered three complete copper concentrators to KAZ Minerals; one in Aktogay in 2015 and two in Bozshakol, also in Kazakhstan, in 2014.


“This new order highlights FLSmidth’s strong partnership with KAZ Minerals after we successfully delivered the key technologies for their three other world-class copper concentrators in Kazakhstan. It also emphasises the value of our highly efficient equipment and services that maximise their return on investment, increase productivity and minimise environmental impact, from pit to plant" said Manfred Shaffer, Group Executive Vice President, Minerals Division.


  • Total order size: more than USD 100 million

  • Scope: new copper concentrator with the latest environmental control systems to mitigate environmental impact and technology for the highest levels of energy efficiency and maintainability and productivity

  • Equipment: SAG and ball mills, gyratory crusher, pebble crusher, primary and regrind cyclones, flotation cells, scavenger cells and cleaner cells, dust collectors, overland conveyor, belt feeders, in-plant conveyors, lime slaking plant, screens, concentrate and tailings thickeners       

  • Plant capacity expansion: 75,000 tonnes per day

  • Customer: KAZ Minerals

  • Geography: Aktogay, Kazakhstan

The order will be delivered by Q1 2020


Mimi Sofie Stabell
Strategic Marketing Manager, +45 3093 2685,

FLSmidth launches SAGwise™ total process control: An advanced process optimisation solution with less than six months return on investment.

FLSmidth launches a sensory and process optimisation system designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners.


The SAGwise™ total process control system reduces energy consumption by up to 6%. This is a significant reduction considering that, by far, mills are typically the single largest consumer of power within a processing plant. Other benefits include up to 45% reduction of ball-on-liner impacts, prolonging liner life and minimising media degradation.

Through specially-designed acoustic sensors and proprietary process control software, induced impacts, generated inside the SAG mill, are monitored and interpreted by the SAGwise™.It registers undesirable high-energy impacts caused by steel balls striking the mill liners categorised as critical impacts. Then, an advanced process control solution makes small and frequent adjustments to mill operational conditions that reduce the critical impacts, improving ore reduction and energy efficiency.

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Global Product Line Manager for Automation Process Optimisation, King Becerra, explains: "This solution employs state of the art process control technologies to reduce critical impacts to the desired targets, stabilising and then optimising the operation of the SAG mill. Multiple process control technologies, such as model predictive control and fuzzy logic, are embedded into the solution, modelling both the process and the human operators."

Weighing up to 4 tons each, replacing worn mill liners requires significant effort. This is associated with downtime to complete the replacement affecting plant productivity. "High mill availability is crucial. A gold processing plant I visited recently valued their SAG mill downtime at US$ 130,000 per hour," says Jack Meegan, Global Product Manager for Liners. "Under normal conditions, the return on investment of SAGwise™ total process control is 6 months, but if we factor in reduced unscheduled maintenance, the return is a lot sooner."

Extending the life of mill liners pays off in many areas beyond prolonging the initial replacement, cost of what can be over 1 million US dollars. FLSmidth’s customers also benefit from improved safety performance, stemming from reducing the number of times that employees are required to move the heavy equipment inside the mill, improved inventory management, and better predictive maintenance planning.

SAGwise™ total process control is an innovative solution of how FLSmidth uses technology, process knowledge and practical experience to further enhance productivity of SAG mills.


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King Becerra, Gobal Product Line Manager, Process Optimisation,  Automation

FLSmidth and Goldcorp win Mining Magazine’s Editor’s Award 2017 for their co-development of EcoTails™

FLSmidth and Goldcorp are the joint winners of the Mining Magazine Editor’s Award 2017 for developing EcoTailsTM, a new mining system that improves tailings and waste rock disposal while recovering as much as 95% of the tailings water.

FLSmidth and Goldcorp, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, have been named joint winners the annual Mining Magazine’s Editor’s Award 2017 for their co-development of the new EcoTailsTM mining system. The award is granted for outstanding new technologies, innovations and initiatives within the mining sector.

“The award for the EcoTails system is a result of our strong collaboration with Goldcorp. Together, we have developed a solution that significantly reduces the environmental impact of tailings in the mining industry. We are proud to have partnered with Goldcorp in developing such an innovative solution for the benefit of our customers, the environment and the local communities involved,” says Manfred Schaffer, Group Executive Vice President of the FLSmidth Minerals Division.

A reduced footprint

EcoTails combines two major footprint consumers in mining operations; the tailings facility and the waste rock facility. By dewatering tailings via fast filtering technology and recycling the water back into the process, the system dramatically improves tailings and waste rock disposal, while allowing water recovery of up to as much as 95%. By combining dewatered tailings with waste rock, the EcoTails system creates a stackable GeowasteTM product with less impact on the environment than waste rock or tailings individually.

By using materials conveyance as the energy source for the mixing, Goldcorp and FLSmidth are testing a low energy, low cost co-mingling solution with the waste blended in transit using specially-designed material handling technologies. This along with advances in fast filtration technology to lower operating costs will make the solution financially competitive with traditional tailings disposal methods for large mines where water resources are scarce.

Positive test results

A pre-feasibility study for the EcoTails system is currently being conducted with the intention of having a demonstration plant in operation at one of Goldcorp’s mine sites. Once the system completes testing, it will be offered commercially by FLSmidth.

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Mimi Sofie Stabell
Strategic Marketing Manager, +45 3093 2685,

FLSmidth finalises acquisition and takes over part of Sandvik Mining Systems

"With this acquisition we will be able to increase the productivity of the complete "Pit to Plant" operation by better integrating upstream mining with downstream processing. The acquisition also allows us to digitalise the full value chain and enables a better utilisation of existing leading technologies by obtaining direct access to all key processes and equipment," said Manfred Schaffer, Group Executive Vice President, Minerals Division.

FLSmidth lands large order in Mexico for nextSTEP™ low-energy flotation technology

The world’s leading silver producer and one of Mexico’s largest gold producers, Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC, have decided to introduce the latest nextSTEP™ advanced flotation technology into their operations at Fresnillo, Velardeña, and Sabinas. These companies have purchased 43 flotation cells of various sizes from FLSmidth featuring the new rotor/stator low-energy technology.