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Industry profile: SANDVIK (Hamid Manouchehri)

Hamid-Reza Manouchehehri is Global Manager Process Intelligence and Development in Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. He is also Adjunct Professor at NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering, University of Adelaide, South Australia. His activities in Sandvik cover a vast part of the mining industry. He has expertise in mining and comminution, and aims to improve the eco-efficiency of the whole mining chain as well as individual process plants. He does this by calculating energy and mass balances. Part of his job is to explore novel technologies, in particular in comminution and sorting. He also designs and develops procedures for surveying process plants and tests to evaluate the quality of produced products.

Why is Sandvik interested in a programme like SINReM?

Training is a key tool for future development and sustainability. One of the challenges in the mining industry is “talent requirement”. In all mining industry activities there are currently strong needs for talented people, from operators and technicians to highly educated engineers. By its involvement in an education programme like SINReM,   Sandvik has access to a pool of well-trained people for future recruitment. Furthermore, it allows Sandvik to stay updated on new training materials and technologies.   

How does Sandvik contribute to making the raw materials value chain more sustainable?

Sandvik develops more eco-efficient mining and construction equipment and technologies, and stimulates people active in several sectors to strive towards a higher eco-efficiency. Sandvik also further develops new materials and machineries towards total automation and control, facilitating an increased economic efficiency.

You presented some activities of Sandvik in the field of additive manufacturing at the SINReM kickoff. What is additive manufacturing and how can it contribute to more sustainability in the future?

Additive manufacturing can be also called as 3-D printing, which is a technology that can be used for manufacturing of parts that are not easy to be made by conventional technologies and materials. Sandvik  aims to integrate additive manufacturing in future design and manufacturing of a wide range of products. In that way, materials can be formulated to become lighter and more durable, contributing to a higher sustainability. Furthermore, additive manufacturing can improve productivity, and reduce production costs and energy consumption in manufacturing and production.    

Hamid-Reza Manouchehri

Global Manager Process Intelligence and Development in Sandvik