Weir Minerals has entered into a long term strategic cooperation agreement with Andritz covering equipment for processing tailings in the mining industry.

As part of the agreement, Andritz will supply separation and dewatering technologies, enabling Weir Minerals to offer complete tailings solutions to its customers.

“The tailings market is experiencing growth driven by environmental and governmental pressures. We understand our customers are under increased pressure to further improve the management of their mine tailings, which is why we have partnered with Andritz,” said Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals Division president. “Our capabilities, teamed with Andritz’s extensive knowledge on tailings thickening, will ensure our customers receive a complete tailings solution.”

“This latest agreement complements our overall tailings offering and enables us to provide our customers with a complete tailings solution. Under the brand name IsoDry, we will now offer customers a range of mechanical separation technologies, such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges, and vacuum belt filters,” said Garib.

“Dry stacking of tailings is achieved by using a combination of belt, drum, stacked pressure plates, and vacuum filtration systems. We are thrilled that we can now offer this option to our customers and optimise the performance and efficiency of their tailings process.”

In 2016, Weir Minerals opened the Weir Technical Centre in Melbourne, Australia, which has enhanced the company’s global tailings offering by developing and testing pipeline and tailings solutions as well as manufacturing specific tailings-based products. Weir Minerals mineral processing equipment brands include Warman, GEHO and Cavex.