Jenny Greberg, program director for Swedish Mining Innovation and chairman of the jury, wants to emphasise the value of being able to map in detail what is under the ground and get the information quickly, which is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle in an efficient process.
“New methods for mapping minerals can in the future change the entire life cycle of the mine, but above all ensure the access to raw materials that the world needs,” says Jenny. During the jury work, these two innovations stood out for their height of innovation, commercial value and global potential. The fact that two Swedish companies contribute with solutions that dramatically improve such an important process is proof that Swedish mining innovation is world-class.
Lennart Evrell, board member of SCA, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, ICA and Epiroc is part of the jury. “This was really not an easy task for the jury, it was almost impossible to rank the two,” says Lennart. “It was clear to us early on that they both have innovations that in various ways improve and shorten the process from exploration to producing mines. The further into the jury work we got, the clearer it became that both were worthy of attention.”
Orexplore’s revolutionary X-ray technology provides in a short time detailed insight into the interior of the drill core in 3D, such as knowledge of structures, density, mineralogy and levels, all in the same scan. Orexplore’s solution is currently used by mines in Europe and Australia. The innovation has great development potential even for substances with low detection levels such as gold, which is the focus for a large part of the global exploration.
“Being named a winner is an incredibly honour. We are at the absolute forefront of technology and I am extremely proud of what our talented employees have achieved! I also feel grateful for the support we have received from Innovation Sweden, especially Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency, which has made a strong contribution to our development. That Swedish Mining Innovation highlights and rewards innovations in the field of digital mineral analysis feels extra important as it points out that continued digitisation and automation of mapping of discoveries is the future and contributes to more sustainable and efficient mining,” says Kevin Rebenius, CEO of Orexplore.
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