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Luleå University of Technology and Boliden sign collaboration agreements

Published: 9 November 2020

Luleå University of Technology and Boliden are today entering in to a long-term strategic collaboration agreement. The new agreement means that collaboration will be enhanced in terms of competence provision and competence development, as well as research and innovation – towards leading positions within automation and resource utilization.

– In connection with climate transition, we are seeing there is substantial demand for metals and minerals. Luleå University of Technology and Boliden can therefore together create better conditions for a more sustainable supply of raw materials. Boliden and Luleå University of Technology have a strong tradition of collaboration in areas such as exploration, mining, mineral processing, metallurgy and metal recycling, Pär Weihed says, professor in Ore- Geology and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology

Luleå University has long collaborated with Boliden, with a focus ondeveloping technology and strengthening competence in both mining and smelting operations. The Luleå University of Technology has also been an important recruitment base for Boliden.

– Attracting and further developing skills and technologies is an important part of Boliden’s strategy and requires long-term work. We are already a leader in areas such as climate performance and I look forward to future efforts to further develop the business, Mikael
Staffas says, President and CEO of Boliden.

Broodens cooperation between Luleå university of Technology and Boliden
The new strategic collaboration agreement broadens the collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and Boliden enables to deepen the work to lead the industry development of automation within mines and optimized resource utilization within smelters.

A large part of the research planned in the collaboration between Boliden and Luleå University of Technology has the ambition to be carried out within the framework of Vinnova's strategic innovation program for the mining and metal-producing industry, Swedish Mining Innovation (SIP SMI).