Thursday, 27 September 2018

The Opening of the Newly Expanded Mineral Processing Facilities at Wardell Armstrong

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Things are happening in Cornwall's mining sector. Yesterday Barbara and I were two of the invited guests celebrating the opening of Wardell-Armstrong's extended mineral processing facilities on the Wheal Jane site between Falmouth and Truro. It was great to see so many representatives from the major Cornwall Mining Alliance companies all pulling together for the common good of this ancient mining county.
Cornwall is the headquarters of Wardell Armstrong International, with its historical mining links, sixty-strong team and well established technical resources.  The firm’s London offices are located  in Chancery Lane, Holborn, to be within easy walking distance of City clients and contacts. Wardell Armstrong International also has established offices in Moscow and in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to service Russia and Central Asia, as well as specialist mining teams operating out of Wardell Armstrong’s ten UK offices.
Wardell Armstrong's impressive metallurgical team
Managing Director Dr. Phil Newall and Head of Mineral Processing Phil King have been with WA since it acquired CSMA Consultants in 1999. Before the acquisition they were both with CSMA for several years, and have memories, as do I, of their tiny office on the School of Mines campus, with no testwork facilities of their own.
A warm welcome from Phil Newall.......
.......and from Phil King
Phil Newall and I go back a long way. Prior to CSMA he was a lecturer in mining geology at Camborne School of Mines, and Phil and I organised the first of the international conferences to be associated with CSM and CSMA, Comminution '89.
With Phil Newall at Comminution '89
This was followed in 1990 by Gravity '90, and then in 1991 our first overseas event, Minerals Engineering '91 in Singapore. Phil was also involved with Minerals Engineering '92 in Vancouver, before he and fellow geologist, Process Mineralogy '18 keynote speaker Alan Butcher, diversed into Mineral Exploration conferences, which were held in parallel with the annual Minerals Engineering conferences in 1993 and 1994, in Cape Town and Lake Tahoe respectively.
It was good to catch up with Phil yesterday and reminisce about the old days at CSM.
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