Swedish mining company Boliden and Lulea University of Technology have both been working individually to make mining better. This includes optimal resource utilisation and mine automation. They have now decided to take the collaboration they enjoy to a new level with the signing of a long-term agreement.

According to Boliden, the agreement will take the collaboration to the next level. “The new agreement means that collaboration will be enhanced in terms of competence provision and competence development, as well as research and innovation towards leading positions within automation and resource utilisation,” a press release said.

The association between the company and university is not new, with the latter being a good place to recruit talent. They have previously worked on mining technology and increasing competence in all operations including smelting.

The President and CEO of Boliden, Mikael Staffas said, “Attracting and further developing skills and technologies is an important part of Boliden’s strategy and requires long-term work. We are already a leader in areas such as climate performance and I look forward to future efforts to further develop the business.”

Pär Weihed, the Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Lulea University said, “In connection with the climate transition, we are seeing there is substantial demand for metals and minerals. At the same time, Luleå University of Technology and Boliden have a long and successful history, and together we can create better conditions for a more sustainable supply of raw materials.”

Process automation and digital twins, human-machine interaction in automation, and sustainability management including social acceptance are the sort of projects that the two have worked together.

Here’s to more collaboration between industry and the mining sector.

 

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