The new centre will develop new products and processes for solid-liquid separation, focusing on the entire life cycle including technology, equipment deliveries, commissioning and integrated modernization services and advanced control systems.
The Dewatering Technology Centre will strengthen Outotec’s offering in dewatering by developing strong process understanding in systems integration of relevant unit operations to capture new levels of efficiency throughout the life cycle of the plant. A key feature of the centre will be the ability to simulate and optimize customer processes to integrate them with an efficient and sustainable Outotec solution.
Kalle Härkki, president of Outotec’s Minerals Processing business area, said the new Dewatering Technology Centre will support Outotec’s mission of the sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources.
“To achieve this we continuously develop new equipment, processes and services related to for example solid-liquid separation and raw material re-use. In addition, the strong solid-liquid separation competence built around our research co-operation partner Lappeenranta University of Technology plays an important role for us in choosing the location for our global Dewatering Technology Centre,” said Härkki.
Outotec’s Dewatering Technology Centre will start operating in mid 2015. The company currently employs around 270 people in Lappeenranta.