Canadian Mining Journal


METALLURGY: SGS partners with Ecomin to bring advanced testing capabilities to Canada

ONTARIO – SGS Canada announced today a partnership agreement with Italian-based Ecomin  to strengthen its metallurgical testing capabilities for the North American mining and recycling industries. The agreement provisions the installation of a pilot TriFlo separator at SGS Canada’s lab and testing facility in Lakefield.

TriFlo technology from Ecomin will keep SGS Canada at the forefront on metallurgical testing. (Image: Ecomin)

SGS Canada becomes the sole provider of this testing method in the country, employing two-stage dense medium separation technology.

The TriFlo technology has been deployed with proven success in Europe and beyond, bringing advancements to critical processes in mining and recycling. Its dense medium separator provides up to three adjustable density separations in a single vessel, allowing for enhanced extraction and accuracy with large volume test samples.

Organizations carrying out feasibility studies at the onset of a mining or recycling project could greatly benefit from this form of advanced testing, since it strengthens decision making with respect to determining the potential of recovery at a specific site.

Although SGS Canada is the leading supplier of dense medium separation testing in Canada, it has serviced its clients employing single-stage technology.

“This partnership allows SGS Canada and Ecomin to combine their single and multi-stage dense medium separation expertise in the testing of difficult to separate materials or samples,” said Lawrence Ng, VP of SGS Canada’s minerals division. “We are excited about the prospect of offering private and public sector organizations in North America advanced metallurgical testing methods that have brought benefits to organizations in other parts of the world.”

For more than 75 years, SGS Canada’s Lakefield lab and testing facility has provided metallurgical testing, supported by the highest standard of analytical, mineralogical and environmental services. Its service offerings have evolved and developed in response to a continued demand from the industries it serves.

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