Research and development

LKAB Minerals significantly invests in a variety of research and development activities to improve product functionality, identify new applications for our minerals and to enhance our processing to provide benefits for customers. All of the innovative technical work undertaken is to increase our knowledge not only on the mineral products we manufacture and supply but also to fully understand and improve customer applications.

LKAB Minerals are a knowledge intensive company which enables us to better support customers to select the best mineral product for their application.  LKAB Minerals offer technical services either in house or on-site to our customer base.

Within the LKAB Minerals group we have technical specialists covering a wide range of industries including polymers, refractory and foundry, sealants and adhesives, ceramics, civil engineering and construction and surface coatings.  Our technical specialists are active within the industry they serve keeping up to date with the technologies and raw materials required by customers.  The LKAB Minerals group also has geologists, mineral processing experts and mineral specialists who support the research and development activities undertaken within the group.

Coatings R&D

LKAB Minerals has extensive surface coatings test facilities. In our modern laboratory we can manufacture lab scale coating formulations and perform various critical analyses like rheology, colour, opacity, scrub, crack, etc. to develop next generation minerals for our customers.

Polymer R&D

For the Polymer industry LKAB Minerals can manufacture formulations based on various compounding technologies. Testing includes mechanical, rheological, dimensional evaluations all supported by the latest analytical techniques. For our fire retardant minerals LKAB Minerals have access to fire testing facilities where we can perform cone calorimeter tests, oxygen index and heat release rate testing.

Refractory and Foundry R&D

The refractory and foundry industry can utilise the LKAB Minerals laboratories where high temperature testing and other physical and chemical analysis are performed.  LKAB Minerals also have laboratory facilities to evaluate the opportunities for new raw materials in monolithic refractories.

Magnetite and Civil Engineering R&D

For the civil engineering and construction industry LKAB Minerals works closely with our parent company LKAB where the R&D department works in the field of magnetite based applications.  Many innovative solutions have been developed over the years like the use of magnetite for high density concrete and radiation shielding.

We also work in partnership with various universities, testing houses, consultants and research institutions to keep abreast of new developments in the world of minerals and the industries where they are utilised.