Mining News: High Quality Metallurgical Laboratory to Open in Santiago, Chile

Aminpro Chile announced today they will begin operations of a new laboratory dedicated to providing high quality metallurgical test work with a focus on front-end engineering in Santiago as of April 2010.

Santiago, Chile, February 04, 2010 --( Aminpro-Chile, an amalgamation of Amelunxen Mineral Processing Ltd (Aminpro Canada) and Amelunxen Mineral Engineering Ltda (AME Ltda Chile), is a joint venture that was initiated to service the growing demand for high-confidence metallurgical test work in Latin America. The new lab in Santiago will provide a novel approach to geometallurgical profiling and aims to give clients the tools and flexibility they need to take ownership of their own programs.

Chile has great expertise in geometallurgy, but until now there has been no facility in the area that combines front-end engineering services with high quality / high capacity testwork. The region continues to experience rapid growth in the mining sector and the two companies are pleased to support this growth. Aminpro Chile will also provide new technologies, employment and training opportunities in Santiago.

“This is an exciting time for geometallurgy in Chile,” states Roger Amelunxen, owner of Aminpro Canada. “In collaboration with established laboratory facilities in Santiago, we are aiming to provide the full spectrum of services for the regional mining industry. Over the last few years, more and more samples have been shipped to North America for metallurgical test work, and now we can eliminate this costly and inefficient process by offering high quality work right in Chile.”

Roger and his son Peter Amelunxen, who operates AME Ltda, together bring over 50 years of collective experience in metallurgical laboratory test work, plant design, operation, and optimization. Technical management of the metallurgical laboratory will be the responsibility of Romke Kuyvenhoven, who has extensive experience in metallurgical testing and who has almost 15 years of professional experience in the mining industry in Latin America.

Equipment sizing and circuit configuration will be offered to all clientele by using the Aminpro process models for crushing, grinding, flotation and dewatering. Linked to an international network of specialists in drafting (Microstation/CAD) and engineering disciplines, AMINPRO Chile will be able to deliver front end process plant engineering services at very competitive rates.

Clients can therefore request, together with a geometallurgical test program, the following optional deliverables: economically optimized process flow diagrams, mass and water balances, process design criteria, basic equipment list and basic layouts.

“We are delighted to open this facility in Santiago and we are excited to work with other labs in the area,” concludes Roger Amelunxen. “We hope this new partnership will fundamentally improve services for the mining industry in South America.”

The Aminpro Chile lab is located at Caupolicán 9192, Quilicura.

About Aminpro Canada

Amelunxen Mineral Processing Ltd. (Aminpro) is a Canadian firm that provides consulting services, in mineral processing of base metal ores, to prospective mine developers and operating plants. Aminpro’s specialties include plant design and feasibility studies, geometallurgy test work, grinding and flotation modeling, column flotation design and fabrication, plant audits and optimization.

About Amelunxen Mineral Engineering (AME Ltda), Santiago

AME Ltda is a mineral processing plant design and optimization company based in Santiago, Chile. AME Ltda specializes in high-confidence mineral processing test work, modeling, optimization, and plant design for scoping, pre-feasibility, and feasibility level engineering programs.

For more information contact:

Roger Amelunxen
Phone: +1 (604) 898 1111


Peter Amelunxen
Phone: +56 (2) 321 4218

Aminpro Chile
Peter Amelunxen
+56 (2) 321 4218