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Process Research

The Process Technology department within Vale’s Acton Refinery delivers the continual monitoring and improvements that make Vale's products a world leader in purity and quality.

The team monitor the conditions on the plant in real-time, develop advanced process optimisations to the current extractions and research alternative processing technologies. This not only increases the speed and efficiency with which the feed material is refined but also ensures the purity remains at an industry leading standard.

Research And DevelopmentThe Process Research team recreate the conditions within the main plant in the extensive Acton laboratories. Working on simulated versions of the actual operations the team are able to fine-tune the process parameters, improving the yields and efficiencies while also ensuring quality is kept to the highest standard and the impact on the environment minimised. This allows for the process to be fully tested before delivering the improvements to the production operations.