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Jun 11, 2019

Fighting for the future of smelting – 2019 Outotec smelting seminar

The Outotec Smelting Seminar was held in Centurion, South Africa, on April 10, 2019, to introduce Outotec’s comprehensive smelting technologies and capabilities. A wide range of customers from the copper, platinum group metals (PGM), ferrochrome, ferromanganese, and ilmenite industries attended the seminar. We were particularly delighted to see copper and PGM producers so well represented.
Outotec Smelting Seminar

The presentations covered the profitability and sustainability-related challenges that our customers all over the world face: improving safety, availability, and process efficiency; reducing operational costs; meeting tightening emission standards; and getting the most from digitalization.

In South Africa, the most critical challenges are related to safety, the price and availability of electricity, taxation, the availability of skilled workers, and environmental regulations.

The seminar program included the following presentations:

1. Fighting for the future of smelting – globally and locally - Lauri Närhi, Henry van der Walt

2. Outotec PSC technology – operational experience and future developments - Jan Stål

3. Ferroalloys go green – minimizing emissions - Lauri Närhi

4. The fully automated smelter – from idea to impact - Joey Hoang

5. Outotec Ausmelt Process – the first three decades’ experience and outlook in southern Africa - Stephen Hughes

6. Services for smelters  - Tuelo Segosapelo

7. Requirements for electric furnaces in 2020 and beyond - Antti Vestman

The next Outotec Smelting Seminar will be held in 2020.

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