Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners

Industry Partners

Strong strategic partnerships form the platform for long term sustainable JKMRC growth.  The key strategic partners listed below have comitted significant long term financial support for strategic areas of JKMRC research.

AMIRA International Ltd

AMIRA International Ltd is an independent association of minerals companies which develops, brokers and facilitates collaborative research projects. Its member companies include most of the major minerals companies and equipment suppliers around the world.  Two such AMIRA collaborative projects in which JKMRC plays a key role are AMIRA P9 (Optimisation of Mineral Processing through Modelling and Simulation) and AMIRA P843 (Geometallurgical Mapping and Mine Modelling).


The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) is transforming the mining industry’s approach to evaluation and extraction of mineral deposits. The Centre aims to develop the capability to comprehensively characterise and evaluate the economic and environmental impact of various mineral extraction methods.  The University of Queensland is one of the key research participants in CRC ORE projects, through the JKMRC and the Bryan Research Centre for Mining and Geology. Visit to learn more about the Centre’s research and integrated case studies.

JKTech Pty Ltd

JKTech is the technology transfer company for the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland.  Its role is to take viable research outcomes and transfer them to the international minerals industry.  JKTech was part of JKMRC from 1986 and was subsequently incorporated as a company in 2001.  As well as its role as a UQ commercialisation company, JKTech provides equipment, scholarships and in-kind support to JKMRC. Visit to learn about JKTech's capabilites.

Rio Tinto

In 2009, Rio Tinto and UQ formed the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Separation to be located at the JKMRC.  This Centre is focused on the development of advanced technologies for the separation and upgrading of important minerals, such as copper and nickel, with increased energy efficiency.  The formation of this Centre cemented a long term research relationship between Rio Tinto and the JKMRC which includes a number of collaborative projects.

Anglo American

The Anglo American group (particularly involving Anglo Platinum and Anglo Research) has been a long term strategic partner of the JKMRC with involvement in a number of AMIRA collaborative projects as well as support for a number of other research activities, particularly in the technology development area.

Metso Minerals

Metso Minerals has been a strong supporter of research at the JKMRC over a long period of time, mainly through Metso’s Brisbane based Process Technology and Innovation Division, involving collaborative research via AMIRA projects as well as support for postgraduate students and for the provision of equipment for research activities.  A more recent fine grinding project further cements this strategic partnership and provides close collaboration with Metso’s Comminution Product Line.

Collaboration Research Partners

JKMRC undertakes collaborative research with a number of institutions outside UQ, including:

  • Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 
  • University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia 
  • University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia 
  • University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia 
  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia 
  • CSIRO, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, Australia 
  • University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa 
  • Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey 
  • University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janiero, Brazil 
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada 
  • The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK 
  • Imperial College, London, UK 
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), Xuzhou, China