17 November 2015

New research hub to advance technologies for iron ore

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub focused on improving technologies for the mining sector has officially launched in Newcastle.

The ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore was officially launched yesterday by the Hon. Karen Andrews MP at the Institute for Energy and Resources at The University of Newcastle.

More than $3.2 million in ARC funding was awarded for the hub over five years. Researchers at the hub will focus on the development and adoption of advanced technologies into iron ore mining operations, and new knowledge for informing producers and end-users.

ARC Chief Executive Office, Professor Aidan Byrne said the new hub was set to address challenges currently facing the mining sector, including improving value in iron ore production and markets, and developing innovative technologies.

“World-class researchers at this hub will work closely with partners including: BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd; BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd; FLSmidth Pty Ltd; and Nagrom & Co, and Sedgman Limited.

“Once again, this is a great example of how the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and Training Centres are bringing a vital industry focus to the research setting.

“We need to ensure we are connecting researchers with industry and business, and looking at research from the end-user perspective—which this ARC funding programme does,”

For more information about this research hub, please visit the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore on the University of Newcastle website.

For more information about the ARC and the grant schemes mentioned above, visit the ARC website.

Media contact:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au