Germany's leading chemical company, BASF, has opened a research and development centre in Australia to lead technological innovation and increase productivity in the global mining and resources sector.
The new facility, located at the Australian Mineral Research Centre (AMRC) in Perth, will drive innovation in mineral processing and metal production technology with a view to enhance sustainable mining practices in Australia and around the world.
A team of six will lead the company's research into minerals thickening and crystallisation processes; by 2017 BASF hope to employ around 20 researchers at the centre.
Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, Dr Martin Brudemueller, says the company's research will help to ensure the sustainability of the global mining industry.
"With the latest advances in mining solutions research, BASF aims to help mining operations to minimize water consumption, maximize recovery, reduce land areas consumed by tailings disposal and minimize the cost and time required to rehabilitate sites," Dr Brudemueller says.
Speaking at the centre's opening last week, Australia's Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson, welcomed BASF's contribution to the global competitiveness of Australia's innovative mining industry.