Rio Tinto has opened a new $10.8 million technology (£6 million) centre focused on "the next generation of innovative technologies for the mining industry".
The miner, in a partnership with the
The Centre opened last week and is a new hub for excellence which will develop world-changing technologies to address issues related to energy efficiency, waste reduction, capital productivity, extension of resource life and process and operator safety," Rio Tintosaid in a company statement.
At the announcement of the partnership, Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh said "by matching Chinalco's resources and intellectual horsepower with the experience and the diverse portfolio of ideas developed by Rio Tinto, we can create something of real value for both groups that exceeds what either one of us could do alone".
In a Rio Tinto statement, it said "the aim is to develop and deploy leading-edge technology to create safer working operations, improve environmental performance and increase the productivity of mining operations.
The new centre and partnership with
Professor Sam Kingman, Research Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Emergent Technologies, said "this truly multi-disciplinary partnership with Rio Tinto will enable the delivery of significant tangible outputs that have the potential to provide a step change in the performance and productivity of Rio Tinto's operations".
"It will also provide a real focus for our activities here at the
Preston Chiaro, Rio's Group Executive, Technology and Innovation added that "the partnership with the
"Our aim is to always work with the best research groups in the world, and