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NORCAT partners with Glencore for tech program

Sudbury-based innovation mill to bring cutting edge innovation to mining operations
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NORCAT and Glencore Sudbury Operations have announced a partnership to develop and implement new technologies for its operations.

NORCAT has announced it is partnering with Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations to help spur adoption of technology and innovation.

The innovation mill and skilled labour training provider stated in a news release it is launching a technology and innovation program to enhance Glencore's capabilities to bring new technologies into their mining operations in its Underground Centre.

“We are working hard to continue our role as the global ‘one-stop shop’ for all that is the future of mining. NORCAT’s portfolio of mining technology companies using our state-of-the-art operating mine as an ‘active laboratory’ has created an ecosystem like no other in the world,” said Don Duval, NORCAT CEO in the release.

NORCAT is the only innovation centre in the world that owns and operates an underground mine designed to enable start-ups, small-to-medium enterprises, and international companies to develop, test, and demonstrate innovative technologies in an operating mine environment.

“We are excited to partner with NORCAT to implement this technology and innovation program,” says Kevin McAuley, director of sustainability, technical services and innovation at Glencore’s Sudbury operations. “This partnership not only provides us a unique opportunity to access a wide range of emerging technologies that will help us deliver on our broader business strategy, but also it continues to support the vibrant mining technology ecosystem at the NORCAT Underground Centre.”