Automated laboratories market

The market for automated laboratories is growing due to a combination of high exploration activity and an increased focus on productivity, automation and digitalisation. IMP, a company specialising in automated laboratory solutions for the mining industry has a strong foothold in Australia and South Africa.

Its solutions complement the products FLSmidth offers for quality control and optimisation for the mining process.

The acquisition includes over130 IMP employees, including the managing
director, Boyne Hohenstein. “Knowing your ore characteristics from the mine, all the way through the processing plant, is of increasing importance in mining as declining ore grades make it necessary to increase productivity by process optimisation.

We see a strong match between some of our digital initiatives in FLSmidth and IMP’s automation solutions that will help miners get better data on their ore and assist in optimising the processing.

With this acquisition, our flowsheet of laboratory solutions within mining and minerals processing is complete, and this will be of great value to our customers,” says Manfred Schaffer, President Mining, FLSmidth.

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