Thursday, 15 June 2017

A great first day at Physical Separation '17

After welcoming our 71 delegates from 12 countries to the conference, the day got off to a great start with the presentation of the 2016 MEI Young Person's Award to Swadhin Saurabh (posting of 15th June).  A keynote lecture from Gekko's Sandy Gray then set the scene for a day of excellent presentations, covering new comminution devices, electronic sorting, magnetic and electrostatic separation.
The day ended with our traditional coastal path walk, in glorious sunshine, to Old Falmouth and awaiting drinks at the The 'Front pub by the inner harbour.

Overlooking the Fal estuary
A big thank you to Truro-based Grinding Solutions Ltd, who kindly provided tonight's refreshments. The company, formed by Nick and Felicity Wilshaw, has expanded rapidly over the last few years, and is one of the major sponsors of Comminution '18.
With Nick and Flee Wilshaw and their Grinding Solutions Ltd staff

Surprise guests tonight were Mike Battersby and Steve Flatman, of Flotation '17 sponsors Maelgwyn Mineral Services, who were down from Wales for meetings with Grinding Solutions.
MEI's Amanda with Steve Flatman, Mike Battersby and Dean Eastbury
Mike is a Director of the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC), as is our keynote speaker Tim Napier-Munn, and Simon Hille, of Goldcorp, Canada.  Our other keynote speaker, Sandy Gray, represents conference sponsor Gekko's membership, and Nick Wilshaw represents Grinding Solutions Ltd as an industry advocate. Australia-based CEEC is an Industry Advocate for Comminution '18.
CEEC's Nick, Simon, Mike, Tim and Sandy
With appetites whetted by the fine Cornish ale, delegates eventually dispersed to the many superb restaurants in the area, Jon and I to Falmouth's number 1 shellfish restaurant the Wheelhouse, with the great company of our two keynote speakers, and Elsevier's Dean Eastbury.
Tim, Sandy, Jon and Dean at the Wheelhouse
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  1. A terrific line up this year. Thanks to the hard work behind the scenes from the great team at MEI and all the speakers and contributors. CEEC proud to be there supporting an excellent conference series - look forward to hearing more about all the advances and insights.

    1. Thanks Alison, and we are proud to have the continued support of CEEC


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