Hindustan Zinc to Host International Mineral Processing Conference in October’11


UDAIPUR: Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company in Zinc-Lead-Silver business and also the world’s largest integrated producer of zinc will host the 12th International Conference on Mineral Processing Technology (MPT – 2011) at Udaipur (Rajasthan) in October 20-22, 2011.

Since year 2000, Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME) has been organizing this event at different locations in association with mineral industry in India. Last year the event was organized at Jamshedpur. This year Hindustan Zinc, being India only and the world’s largest integrated producer of zinc, which also governs above 85% of Indian zinc market, will be hosting the conference at Udaipur.

The Mineral Processing Technology Conference has come up as a platform for the mineral industry to brainstorm various mineral processing issues & initiatives and find solution in terms of extraction of metals from the mineral resource and also how to manage waste.

The 3-day conference attracts more than 500 delegates from India and abroad every year. Every year a theme is selected for the MPT to give emphasis on issues of concern. This year the theme is “Recent Advances in Processing of Non-Ferrous and Industrial Minerals”. Over 200-250 papers are expected by industry experts during the conference.

Hindustan Zinc also has a state-of-the art ‘Central Research & Development Laboratory (CRDL)’ which was established by the company in 1976 with an objective to enhance metal recoveries, to recover values from the waste and optimize waste management.

The CRDL of Hindustan Zinc has developed various processes for the industry which include, process to recover lead and silver from low grade lead concentrate and hot gas precipitator dust, successful implementation of bulk flotation process for mines, evaluation of reserves and resources, new silver promoting reagents to enhance silver recovery, successful implementation of column flotation technique for silica reduction, and various flow charts for mining operations.

The Company has also developed valuable waste management projects which include, developing process to recover cobalt from beta-cake, process to recover lead and silver from anode mud, and process to recover copper Sulphate from copper cement.

Hindustan Zinc’s ‘Central Research & Development Laboratory (CRDL)’ has been recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India and it is also listed in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) online directory for testing laboratories.

Commended with ‘Quality System ISO 9001:2008, ‘Environment System ISO 14001:2004’, Occupational Health Safety and Assessment Series OHSAS 180001:2007’ and also `5-S Workplace Management Systems, the Hindustan Zinc’s CRDL acts as a referral laboratory for samples from export & import consignments and exploration. It also takes up improvement projects working closely with technology leaders, universities, and research institutions in India and abroad.

Vedanta proposes to further develop this laboratory and expand the scope of its work in due course of time.

The 12th International Conference on Mineral Processing Technology (MPT – 2011), organized jointly Hindustan Zinc and Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME) has already received close to 230 papers and the conference is expected to view about 200 presentations.

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