Thursday, 14 April 2016

Day 4 at Comminution '16

The final day of the conference was dominated by presentations on stirred milling, an increasingly important technology. There are many companies worldwide, four exhibiting at the conference, who produce ceramic beads for stirred mills so there is variation in formulations and processes which affect the cost of the media and impact on competence and performance. Three of the companies exhibiting are also sponsors of the conference, King's Ceramics from China, and South African companies Keramos and Cenotec.
C.K Son of Cenotec with Warren and Lucy Little, of University of Cape Town
and Cobus Van Vuuren of Higgins Aggregates, New Zealand
I was pleased to see the owners of Keramos in the exhibition area this morning, and very pleased to hear that they are to sponsor Comminution '18.
Byron Dos Santos and Mark Morrison with owners Graeme Dean, Cameron Jordan and Pamela Dean

During the final lunch break it was also nice to talk to Oscar Vasquez, Sales and Marketing Manager of Scantech, an Australian based technology developer and world leader in the application of real time measurement systems for conveyed bulk materials.
After the final presentation of the afternoon, our comminution consultant Prof. Aubrey Mainza of University of Cape Town, summarised the conference. More on this in the final conference report in a couple of weeks time.

Following Aubrey's summary, Hakan Benzer of Hacetteppe University invited delegates to the next European Symposium on Comminution and Classification, which will be held in Izmir, Turkey in September 2017, and for which MEI is a media partner.

In closing the conference and thanking the sponsors, Amanda announced that Comminution '18 will be held at the Vineyard from April 16-19, 2018 and that Magotteaux, Keramos, Russell Mineral Equipment, Grinding Solutions and Starkey & Associates have already committed to major sponsorship and CEEC will once again be Industry Advocate.

So much to look forward to again, but before that it was back into the hotel gardens for more of South Africa's delicious wine and to make our final farewells, and where we were joined by Jenny Wiese, IMPC Chairman Cyril O'Connor and his wife Nanette from nearby UCT.
Jon, Aubrey Mainza, me, Nanette O'Connor, Amanda, Cyril O'Connor, Jenny Wiese and Barbara
A reminder that a summary of the technical programme will be published on the blog on April 25th.
Thanks to everyone, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, chairmen, delegates and the wonderful staff of the Vineyard Hotel for a very memorable week.

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