Intertek officially opens Minerals Global Centre of Excellence, a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Perth
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
- MineralSpace offers a unique, immersive, multifunctional zone available exclusively to customers for events, presentations and technical seminars
Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce 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, and 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, amongst other dignitaries, before touring the facilities.
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 for us all. 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 and safer place and these values lie at the heart of the Minerals Global Centre of Excellence. The new facility features 3030 x330W solar panels making it one of largest rooftop solar installations in Western Australia. The facility also captures and recycles laboratory wastewater to conserve this precious resource. Utilising technology and innovation with a focus on automation will provide clients with faster, more efficient analytical options without compromising on quality.
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. Another key feature of the new Intertek Minerals Global Centre of Excellence is MineralSpace, a unique, immersive, multifunctional dedicated customer area available for events, presentations and technical seminars. MineralSpace will feature a 4.8-metre interactive screen allowing 32 separate touchpoints where customers and visitors can immerse themselves in the world of Intertek and interactively explore the services available at the Minerals Global Centre of Excellence. Customers will have access to the latest AV and video conferencing technology to help them connect with the world.
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. Demonstrating its commitment to investing in advanced technology, Intertek has installed two Chrysos PhotonAssay units at the Minerals Global Centre of Excellence. These units show Intertek’s unwavering focus on leveraging innovation and will provide clients with more accurate and environmentally friendly analysis of gold and complementary elements.
John Fowler, Intertek’s Senior Vice President of Minerals and Exploration & Production 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. With a strong focus on technical excellence and superior customer service, this new facility will help the world’s leading mining companies accelerate into a sustainable future, enabling us to fulfil our mission of making the world a better, safer, more sustainable place for all. 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. The Centre of Excellence will not only be home to the largest Intertek Minerals laboratory in the world, but it will also offer on-site access to other major Intertek Business Lines.”
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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