Outotec's copper process receives Quality Innovation of the Year
OUTOTEC OYJ PRESS RELEASE, NOVEMBER 8, 2007 at 8.00 PM
A new copper production method developed by Outotec has been elected
as the Quality Innovation of the Year 2007 by Excellence Finland in
large companies' category.
The jury's criteria were innovativeness and quality of the
innovation. Quality was valued from the customer's viewpoint and by
the innovation's commercial value. The copper production process
developed by Outotec, including a new leaching method and reactor
technology, met the jury's criteria best. "The process is
environmentally sound and energy-efficient, which makes it very
competitive. The company's business is based on know-how and
proprietary technologies with high business potential. The new
technology can be customized and applied for numerous new projects in
the global markets", explained the jury.
The award-winning technology enables exploitation of the Cobre Las
Cruces deposit in Spain with low investment and operating costs.
Outotec developed the technology during 2002-2004 for the customer,
made basic engineering for the Cobre Las Cruces copper plant and is
currently delivering process know-how as well as special equipment
for grinding, thickening, leaching, solvent extraction, tankfarm and
electrowinning. The leaching technology has been particularly
developed for the ore in Cobre Las Cruces. Outotec supervises the
project all the way from installation to commissioning. Once
operational, the plant will produce annually 72,000 tonnes of LME
grade A copper cathodes.
Outotec has continuously developed the awarded technology and applied
it in other hydrometallurgical processes, such as for example the
metals recovery technology Outotec will deliver for the Talvivaara
nickel project in Finland.
"We are very happy to receive the Quality Innovation award. It is a
great recognition for our specialists' know-how and brilliant ideas.
They have been in central role in developing the new process
technology and making it match the customer's needs. As a result, we
have been able to offer an economically and ecologically viable
process for exploiting the Cobre Las Cruces deposit. The new reactor
technology has quickly created significant business for us," Tapani
Järvinen, President and CEO of Outotec states.
For further information please contact:
Dr. Kari Knuutila, Chief Technology Officer
tel. +358 20 529 2009
Eila Paatela, Vice President - Corporate Communications
tel. +358 20 529 2004, mobile +358 400 817198