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Clariant opens Competence Center for Tailings Treatment in Brazil

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Global Mining Review,

In order to support the mining industry’s efforts towards sustainability, Clariant has announced a new technical facility – the Competence Center for Tailings Treatment (CCTT) in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil – exclusively dedicated to developing solutions for tailings management.

Clariant opens Competence Center for Tailings Treatment in Brazil

The CCTT will develop mining chemicals and technologies to support the industry’s efforts from the heart of Brazil’s mining hub. The new lab is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and is home to a dedicated team of R&D experts.

Wagner Silva, Global Head of Technology, Clariant Mining Solutions, comments:

“Clariant is at the forefront of offering sustainable solutions for mining, and the CCTT will provide robust technical capabilities to demonstrate how our innovations can improve tailings management and waste reduction.”

The new CCTT is a core pillar of Clariant’s Tailings Management Program, which comprises four complementary technology platforms: flotation, magnetic separation, dewatering and rheology modification. Flotation chemicals for slimes, for instance, help mines recover valuable minerals that are currently going to waste, and flotation chemicals for secondary mining enable operators to reprocess old tailings. In addition, filter aids help operators dewater tailings better, leading to drier stacks, and faster throughput.

George Nunes, Global Head of Clariant Mining Solutions, comments:

“Our new Competence Center is an important milestone in our strategy to support the global mining industry’s focus on sustainability. With this additional resource, we will continue working closely with our customers to develop relevant, practical solutions which address their most significant sustainability challenges.”

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