Intertek opens Minerals Global Centre of Excellence, a state-of-the-art new laboratory in Perth to assure the metals and minerals needed for a low-carbon world
Largest Intertek Minerals lab in the world will create 100 new jobs
August 26, 2021
- Covid-19 has intensified the world’s focus on innovative and sustainable mining practices as industries seek to Build Back Ever Better
- From steel used in wind turbines to nickel fuelling the shift to electric vehicles, responsibly sourced commodities underpin a cleaner, more sustainable future that has already arrived today
- Innovative new Minerals Global Centre of Excellence utilises the latest technology, providing mining companies with faster, more efficient analytical options without compromising on quality
Intertek Group plc (“Intertek” and “Group”), a Total Quality Assurance provider to a range of industries worldwide, announces that it has officially opened its innovative new, Minerals Global Centre of Excellence, located in Perth, Western Australia, a key global centre for the minerals and mining industry.
The Centre of Excellence is the largest Intertek Minerals laboratory in the world and consolidates the Group’s Minerals business into a 20,000m2, multi-service, sophisticated facility housing over 500 employees, powered by the latest pioneering technology to deliver a broad range of Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification (ATIC) services to the industry. The new centre was officially opened at an event attended by Hon Bill Johnston, Western Australia’s Minister of Mines and Petroleum.
Covid-19 has intensified the world’s focus on innovative and sustainable mining practices as industries seek to Build Back Ever Better. From the steel required for the construction of wind turbines to the nickel fuelling the shift to electric vehicles, responsibly sourced commodities underpin a cleaner, more sustainable and technologically advanced future. In order to meet the needs of a growing global population while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a variety of energy sources and commodities will be needed to power the modern world.
For many years, Intertek’s Minerals business has driven innovation and sustainability throughout the resource supply chain, from exploration and resource development, through to production, shipping and commercial settlement, supported by a global network of experts and a customer centric local delivery model. As a purpose-led company, Intertek’s mission is to make the world a better, safer and more sustainable place and these values lie at the heart of the Minerals Global Centre of Excellence, which will feature 3030 x330W solar panels, making it one of largest rooftop solar installations in Western Australia.
As we accelerate at rapid pace into a more sustainable future, the Global Centre of Excellence will provide the world’s leading mining companies with access to global specialists in Mineralogy, XRD, XRF, FTIR, ICP and statisticians, alongside a new technology and innovation hub with world class technical expertise and superior customer service at its core.
The need for creative solutions is becoming ever more critical to solving today’s biggest energy and infrastructure challenges. True to its pioneering spirit, Intertek is constantly evaluating new instrumentation and technology to continuously improve quality, safety and efficiency and deliver value for our customers. The new Centre of Excellence shows Intertek’s unwavering focus on leveraging innovation and its commitment to providing clients with industry-leading, high quality analytical data.
André Lacroix, Chief Executive Officer of Intertek, said: “The world has reached a tipping point in terms of sustainability and it is the movement of our time. As all industries seek to Build Back Ever Better, responsibly sourced commodities today will form the building blocks of a cleaner, greener, more sustainable tomorrow. This exciting new facility will provide our customers with instant access to world class technical expertise, automated technology, pioneering innovation and services, all in one location. With a strong focus on technical excellence, data analytics and superior customer service, we will help the world’s leading mining companies accelerate to a sustainable future by Unearthing Xcellence, in turn enabling us to fulfil our mission of making the world a better, safer, more sustainable place for all.”
Intertek Minerals provides mineral testing services throughout the mining life cycle from exploration geochemistry, mine site laboratory services, minerals inspection, sampling and analysis, robotic laboratory solutions, environmental services and metallurgical testing services across the mining supply chain. As the leader in operating automated robotic laboratory systems for the mining industry, Intertek’s new facility includes eight robotic automated systems, including sample preparation, XRF and wet chemistry systems. Utilising advanced technology and innovation with a strong focus on automation, Intertek provides our customers with faster, more efficient analytical options that increase production without compromising on quality.
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Denis Moreau, Investor Relations
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