Engineering minerals

We engineer minerals for functionality and usability – Minerals are solid inorganic substances found in nature around our world. Each mineral has unique characteristics and is defined by a distinctive chemical composition and crystalline structure.

Operational excellence

Minerals are solid inorganic substances found in nature around our world. Each mineral has unique characteristics and is defined by distinctive chemical composition and crystalline structure.

LKAB Minerals engineer natural minerals to enhance and adapt the sought-after functionalities and properties that make a mineral product customised for use in a specific industrial application.

Working together with our customers we continuously look for advantageous improvements to our products to help customers be more successful.

We employ application specialists and bring them together with our mineral and processing experts. Our extensive knowledge of applications has been built over many years of conducting collaborative research and development work with our customers, research institutions, and universities.

Technical expertise and development

We conduct extensive in-house testing and development of products and offer some of our services to external parties.

Working in partnership with various universities, testing houses, consultants and research institutions will keep us abreast of new developments in the world of minerals and the industries in which they are utilised.

Magnetite and Civil Engineering R&D

We have more than 125 years of experience in the field of magnetite and its uses in civil engineering and construction, polymers, and chemical applications to name a few industries. We utilise our material knowledge and extensive testing facilities and laboratories in combination with the industrial expertise to develop new mineral solution for magnetite and other minerals.

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, we 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.