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Did you know that Aminpro conducts Cobalt metallurgical tests?

Cobalt is a relatively scarce ferromagnetic metal, mainly used in high-performance super alloys and in the glass and ceramic industries, providing a distinctive blue color. However, its importance today lies in its use for the manufacture of battery electrodes for electric cars, which has increased its demand and price  considerably, reaching today a value of US$ 33,000 per tonne, after a historic peak  in 2018, at around US$ 90,000 per tonne.

Fig. 1: Cobalt historic price (US$/tonne) – Source: tradingeconomics.com

Cobalt is mainly extracted from copper and nickel mines, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo being the main producer. But the political instability of that country, coupled with the growing demand (as shown in Fig. 2) has led to the search for this metal in other countries, presenting itself as a great opportunity for other copper-producing countries, such as Chile, Peru, Australia and Canada.

Fig. 2: Global cobalt supply and demand forecast – Source: investorintel.com

At Aminpro we are currently conducting various flotation tests of copper-cobalt minerals from pyrite-rich Scavenger tailings, both at laboratory- and pilot-scale. After experimenting with several operating conditions, we will move on to a stage of operating optimization, which will then be complemented by simulations of different flotation circuits, to finally validate them in the pilot plant.

 

If you need more information about our work with Cobalt, contact us!

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Aminpro has joined the 10xChallenge

Chile is undergoing a period of intense and historical social unrest, mainly motivated by large economic inequality.

It is in this context that Aminpro has decided to join the 10xChallenge, agreeing to reduce the gap between its maximum and minimum salary to just 10 times.

We have done a collective effort and we have agreed on a long term commitment. By joining the 10xChallenge we seek to promote the sustainable development of our company, for our workers and stakeholders.  We invite our collaborators, clients, and partners to join this initiative.

Alex Carvajal
General Manager

This agreement will position Aminpro as an innovative company that is deeply involved with the society, constantly seeking to improve the quality of life of its workers and partners.

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Aminpro has a new Technical and Sales Manager

Aminpro gives a warm welcome to our new Technical and Sales Manager: Max Valenzuela. Max is a metallurgical engineer from Universidad de Santiago de Chile, with more than 30 years of experience. In that time he has become an expert engineer in comminution and mineral concentration processes.

During his career he has fuflfiled many roles in the mining and metallurgical business, in companies such as: Centro de Investigación Minera Metalgúrgica (CIMM), Yáñez y Valenzuela Ingeniería, Centro de Investigación e Innovación en Minería y Metalurgia (IM2), among others.

We are confident that bringing Max Valenzuela into our team will strengthen the position of  Aminpro in the southamerican market.
 

Alex Carvajal
General Manager

Get more information about Our Team.

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Aminpro presented at Procemin Geomet 2019

Aminpro is well known for being an innovative company, where research and development of new metallurgical methodologies, equipment, tests and protocols are of great importance.

Given that, 2 of our engineers presented research works at Procemin Geomet 2019, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Chile last week. In that international conference, we presented two works related to milling and flotation process.

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Aminpro’s participation began on the Thursday 21st of Novembre, with the presentation of Patricio Berrio, Chief of Engineering, titled “The MiniBond test: description, calibration and sources of error”.

The MiniBond offers a more accessible alternative for the generation of geometallurgical data, allowing to include the Bond Work Index in the block models at a lower cost and in less time than the standard Bond test

.On Friday, our Senior Engineer David Barriga presented the work titled “Pilot-scale of Cu-Mo separation as a tool for industrial plant design”, showing the benefits of carrying out pilot-scale tests to compare with the simulation data, in order to generate a better industrial plant design

Pilot-scale tests allow to reduce the risk and uncertainty related to the construction and operation of new industrial plants

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Aminpro was the official sponsor for the SEG student trip in Peru

Aminpro was one of the <strong>official sponsors</strong> of the SEG fieldtrip orginised by the students of Geology and Geophysics from Imperial College London, who traveled from the United Kingdom to visit several mining operations in Peru.

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Our Business Developer Diego Mesa presented at the SEG Symposium, organised by student of Imperial College London and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

The students, guided by our Business Developer, visited:

  • Cerro Lindo mine: Cu-Zn-Pb VMS
  • Pisco smelter: Sn
  • Rio Seco Processing Plant: Mn
  • Uchucchacua mine: Ag-Mn-Pb-Zn Skarn
  • Cerro Verde mine: Cu-Mo Porphyry
  • Cuajone mine: Cu-Mo Porphyry
  • Toquepala mine: Cu-Mo Porphyry
  • Pucamarca mine: Au-Ag Epitherma

The final report developed by the students can be downloaded here.