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New Responsible Mining Foundation report: Mining and the SDGs - huge potential, limited action

Just 10 years are left to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals – and as one of the few sectors with links to all 17, the mining industry has a significant role to play in contributing to their achievement. But as the new report "Mining and the SDGs – a 2020 status update" reveals, the sector as a whole is falling short.

While most of the world's largest mining companies now mention the SDGs in their sustainability reporting, and while a few frontrunners have integrated the SDGs into their business strategies, most SDG-related reporting by mining companies is, the report finds, purely cosmetic – and there is little public reporting of firms' negative impacts on progress towards meeting the goals. There is a real risk of companies being accused of "SDG-washing" while reporting remains unbalanced.

And when looking for evidence that companies are taking practical actions to help deliver the goals, the results are very mixed.

2020 09 23 083339Published by the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the study bases its findings on the Responsible Mining Foundation's RMI Report 2020, which assesses the policies and practices of 38 large-scale mining companies around the world. It found that there are some examples of good practice within the sector, with relatively widespread action on SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). However, the report also found that no one company is taking strong action to address all 17 goals, and the sector's action on four goals in particular – SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and SDG 14 (Life Below Water) – is especially weak.

There are multiple and striking mismatches between companies' rhetoric and action. The report found, for example, that SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) are two of the goals that many firms claim to be prioritising, yet they also account for some of the weakest levels of action. In a recent research article RMF highlighted the striking contrast between companies' materiality analyses and their actions on these SDGs.

Working towards the SDGs is about more than doing the right thing: there is a strong and well-established business case for companies to integrate the goals into their business strategies. As the report states, mining companies that embed the SDGs into their core operations will strengthen their ability to meet future challenges – and will build trust among all stakeholders, including an investment community increasingly concerned about sustainability matters. To that end, the report details nine practical steps companies can take to demonstrate their commitment to meeting the SDGs, and to responsible mining in general.

About the Responsible Mining Foundation

The Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) is an independent research organisation that encourages continuous improvement in responsible extractives across the value chain by developing tools and frameworks, sharing public-interest data and enabling informed and constructive engagement between extractive companies and other stakeholders. The Foundation does not accept funding or other contributions from the extractive industry.

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Outokumpu – Duplex stainless steel’s popularity grows as it turns 90

Outokumpu is celebrating 90 years since duplex stainless steel made its debut on the world market. The global leader in stainless steel is using the opportunity to highlight the growing role of duplex grades in supporting sustainability. This is made possible by their superior corrosion resistance and high strength. Thanks to this combination of properties, engineers can create lightweight components and structures that provide a long life and require minimum maintenance – delivering excellent value for money and minimizing use of raw materials. As the inventor of duplex stainless steel, Outokumpu is committed to carry this legacy forward.

Duplex grades have been used widely over the last nine decades in chemical processing, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and food and beverage industries. Additionally, today’s requirements for sustainable solutions make duplex stainless steel a long-lasting alternative to traditional painted or coated carbon steel for bridges and infrastructure.

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Peder Claesson, Head of Project Sales at Outokumpu, said: “While duplex stainless steel is now 90 years old, it is proving to be an ideal material for the 21st century. It is strong and durable for industrial environments, but it also looks great and has huge potential to save cost and minimize environmental footprint.”

The first duplex grades were introduced by Outokumpu’s Avesta steelworks in September 1930 as a breakthrough that combined the two most common types of stainless steel, austenitic and ferritic. This enabled metallurgists to create a new material that offered the best properties of both.

Since then, a whole family of duplex grades has been developed for specific industrial applications. For example, we have launched a new formable duplex grade to increase strength and efficiency of complex mechanical components such as heat exchanger plates.

Learn more about duplex stainless steel at www.outokumpu.com/duplex90.  

Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel. We aim to be the best value creator in stainless steel through customer orientation and efficiency. The foundation of our business is our ability to tailor stainless steel into any form and for almost any purpose. Stainless steel is sustainable, durable and designed to last forever. Our customers use it to create civilization’s basic structures and its most famous landmarks as well as products for households and various industries. Outokumpu employs 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki. www.outokumpu.com

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Metso Outotec wins two orders for high-capacity copper anode casting shops

Metso Outotec has won two orders for its Outotec® Anode Casting Shops, which are to be delivered to copper production plants in China and Bulgaria. Yangxin Hongsheng Copper Co., Ltd., which is constructing its greenfield copper smelter in Huangshi, Hubei, China, expects to start its operations in 2021. Aurubis Bulgaria AD’s copper production plant in Pirdop, Bulgaria, has been operating since the end of the 1950s and is a longtime customer of Metso Outotec.

Both anode casting shops are equipped with fully electric systems to improve maintainability, energy efficiency and safety. The shops are expected to be commissioned in 2021. Typically, the combined value for two shops of this type would be close to EUR 10 million. The orders have been booked in Metso Outotec’s Q3 2020 orders received.

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“We are extremely pleased to have won these two important orders. Both shops will feature two casting wheels for high capacity and yield. They will also be equipped with advanced automation to ensure high availability and high casting accuracy to produce high quality anodes,” says Jari Ålgars, President, Metals business area at Metso Outotec. 

World-leading copper processing technology 

Metso Outotec is a global leader in anode casting technology, which is used to produce a significant proportion of the world’s copper anodes.  

Metso Outotec has delivered more than 90 anode casting shops around the world, and its offering features all the technology and expertise required for the end-to-end copper production process and its lifetime servicing. 

More information on Metso Outotec’s Anode Casting Shop 

For further information, please contact:  

Jyrki Makkonen, Vice President, Smelting, Metso Outotec, Tel. +358 20 529 4022, E-mail: jyrki.makkonen(at)mogroup.com 

Metso Outotec is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing, metals refining and recycling industries globally. By improving our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increasing their productivity, and reducing environmental risks with our product and process expertise, we are the partner for positive change.   

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso Outotec employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries and its illustrative combined sales for 2019 were about EUR 4.2 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.mogroup.com

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Metso Outotec receives recognition in Mining Suppliers’ Ranking in Chile

Metso Outotec has received recognition as the leading supplier in the Mining Suppliers’ Ranking conducted by Phibrand in Chile. In the winning categories, Metso Outotec was nominated under the name Metso, as the survey was initiated in May 2020, prior to the merger of Metso Minerals and Outotec on July 1, 2020. These categories include Crushers, Mills and Plant Maintenance as well as the highest recognition in the ranking, the Best Performing International Supplier. 

“This recognition makes us happy and this is truly a moment of pride for us, as the winners are nominated by the customers themselves in a very competitive, high-end market. We want to continue improving and delivering the best service to our customers by knowing their needs and innovating solutions,” says Eduardo Nilo, President of Metso Outotec’s South America market area and notes that the circumstances have been unusual this year. 

“We are experiencing a historic year for several reasons – we have taken a new step of growth by becoming Metso Outotec, and the pandemic has led us to develop new, safer ways to operate in factories and service centers as well as in the field. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their exceptional work,” he concludes.

Pictured in the middle from left to right are Marcelo Iannello, VP of Finance in Metso Outotec's South American market area, Eduardo Nilo, President of Metso Outotec's South American market area and Cristian Mansilla, General Manager of Phibrand.Pictured in the middle from left to right are Marcelo Iannello, VP of Finance in Metso Outotec's South American market area, Eduardo Nilo, President of Metso Outotec's South American market area and Cristian Mansilla, General Manager of Phibrand.

The Mining Suppliers’ Ranking is a globally unique survey in the mining industry. It gives an outlook on how suppliers are positioned in the Chilean market. Metso Outotec has a strong presence in the whole South American market with six service centers, four factories, four distribution centers, a foundry and a performance center established in 2019 to focus on remote monitoring. 

For further information, please contact:  

Macarena Vallejo, Director, Marketing, South America, Metso Outotec, tel. +56 32 2270800, E-mail: macarena.vallejo(a)mogroup.com 

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Communications and Brand, Metso Outotec, Tel. +358 20 484 3212, E-mail: helena.marjaranta(a)mogroup.com 

Metso Outotec is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing, metals refining and recycling industries globally. By improving our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increasing their productivity, and reducing environmental risks with our product and process expertise, we are the partner for positive change.  

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso Outotec employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries and its illustrative combined sales for 2019 were about EUR 4.2 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. mogroup.com

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NUM launches digital twin technology for CNC machine tools

CNC specialist NUM has launched digital twin technology that enables machine tool manufacturers to reduce their time to market dramatically, by using powerful Industry 4.0 simulation techniques.

Originally known as pairing technology, and first used by NASA in the early days of space exploration, digital twin technology is now rapidly gaining industry acceptance as one of the most cost-effective means of accelerating the development of products, processes and services.

  • Provides virtual model of physical machine mechatronics
  • Significantly reduces machine development time and cost by allowing design analysis, testing and performance enhancement to take place before construction

For automation products such as machine tools, a digital twin is a virtual model that uses simulation, real-time data acquisition/analysis and machine learning techniques to allow full evaluation of a machine’s dynamic performance before constructing a physical prototype. The same technology can also be employed for customer presentations, virtual commissioning and operator training purposes – and all well before the actual machine itself has even been built.

NUM offers two versions of digital twin technology, to best suit customers’ needs. Both versions are designed for use with NUM’s powerful, open-architecture Flexium+ CNC platform. One version uses a naked Flexium+ controller and resident virtualisation software running on the system’s industrial PC to simulate the twinned machine automation. The other version uses the actual Flexium+ controller that will eventually be incorporated in the machine, linked via EtherCAT to a standalone PC running specialist high speed hardware simulation software to represent the mechatronics of the twinned machine.

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The virtual controller version includes a software development kit for creating the software model of the machine. The model is a standalone PLC program that uses predefined components to simulate individual machine elements, such as sensors, spindles, pneumatic cylinders, etc. It is loaded into the integrated PLC of the Flexium+ controller. The Flexium NCK in the controller executes the NC programs and simulates the changing position values of the machine’s axes. To help users visualise the process, NUM’s package includes the CODESYS Depictor software tool produced by CODESYS GmbH, which is used to produce 3D visualisations from the IEC 61131-3 code created by the simulation.

The other version of NUM’s digital twin technology package accommodates real-time data acquisition and analysis. It is based on the ISG-Virtuous hardware simulation software produced by Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH (ISG). The Flexium+ controller that is intended to be used in the physical machine is connected via an EtherCAT network to a standard PC, and interacts with the simulation software in real-time. The PC acts as the twinned virtual machine – with all simulated, virtual components behaving like real components in terms of their interfaces, parameters and operating modes – to accurately replicate the structure and dynamic performance of the real machine. The movements of the machine are displayed realistically on the PC, using the supplied 3D simulation software.

NUM’s new digital twin technology provides machine tool manufacturers with a very powerful and cost-effective means of reducing their developments costs and accelerating their time to market. The virtual controller version is especially useful for the early development stage of a project, before the CNC system has been finalised, while the real-time hardware simulation version has the advantage that all sequencing (PLC) and motion control (CNC) programs that are created during development can simply be transferred to the real machine as soon as it becomes available.

CODESYS® is a trademark of CODESYS GmbH.

https://www.codesys.com

ISG-virtuos is a trademark of Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH.

https://www.isg-stuttgart.de