Meet the Cornwall contingent attending PDAC

3rd March, 2020

Meet the businesses who are alongside Cornwall Trade & Investment at PDAC, helping to showcase the depth of Cornwall’s mining industry:

Cornish Lithium is a highly innovative mineral exploration and development company focused on the environmentally sustainable extraction of lithium from geothermal brines in the historic mining district of Cornwall, UK. The company has secured agreements with the owners of mineral rights over a large area of the region and is using modern technology to re-evaluate the region for lithium and other vital battery metals such as tin, copper and cobalt. A secure domestic supply of such metals is considered vital to the industrial strategy of the UK as it moves towards the production of electric vehicles.

“Cornish Lithium is delighted to be attending PDAC as part of a delegation from Cornwall – the home of mining for over 400 years. We think that Cornwall has the potential to provide a significant amount the critical raw materials that we need to drive the clean energy revolution and we are attending PDAC as it’s a great opportunity to raise the profile of Cornwall and the opportunities here” – Lucy Crane, Senior Geologist, Cornish Lithium

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Petrolab has been operating for over 20 years analysing the content of rocks, minerals, ores, aggregates and concrete from all over the world. They specialise in automated mineralogy, including ore characterisation, geometallurgy, gold deportment studies, routine plant monitoring and auditing. They also run the only commercial installation of a Zeiss Mineralogic mining platform in the UK, this state-of-the-art system allows our clients access to the most powerful mineral characterisation tool on the market.

“We are attending PDAC to promote what we do in the automated mineralogy sector on the global stage. We think that Cornwall’s heritage is unique – you can see everything that made Cornwall such an innovative place to be, and it is still innovative today.” – Christopher Brough, Senior Consultant, Petrolab.


Grinding Solutions specialises in mineral liberation and separation globally, offering smart and innovative solutions to the metalliferous, coal, industrial minerals and oil field industries. These services are underpinned by expert knowledge, from industrial experience and consultancy for both technical solutions and market evaluations. They offer services across the whole mine value chain from exploration and pre-feasibility stage testing to plant optimisation and tailings generation.

“PDAC is very important to us, we currently do a lot of work in Europe and Africa, and we are looking to expand our clients to North America and Canada. For us its important to investigate this potential market, so far we’ve identified at least 50 companies we are looking to talk to. We are very optimistic that we will secure new clients and contracts from the event.” Nick Wilshaw, Managing Director, Grinding Solutions

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Minviro, a University of Exeter startup, are committed to sustainable mining by improving the environmental impact of mining & mineral projects. Minviro works as both a consultancy company on developing projects but has also developed software solutions to a) support mining companies in integrating environmental performance metrics into the design and development stage of mining projects; and b) allow investors, original equipment manufacturers and analysts to be able to compare the environmental performance of individual projects in terms of carbon footprint and other relevant environmental metrics.
“We are excited to attend PDAC for the first time – we believe there will be numerous opportunities for us. W are looking to meet a huge range of people & projects, as well as expanding our potential market. We will also highlight that Cornwall is a world-renowned historic mining region. Cornwall has significant potential to both produce critical metals for our economy in the future and has a plethora of skills within mining that has the potential to be exported to the world market.” Laurens Tijsseling, Sustainability Manager, Minviro.
British Lithium are planning a sustainable integrated lithium quarry, beneficiation plant and refinery in UK to produce 20,000 t of lithium hydroxide per year – enough for 350,000 electric vehicles, giving UK a strategic advantage over the EU, where no battery grade lithium is produced. The Company’s head office and metallurgical laboratory are also near St Austell, in Cornwall, UK.
Andrew Smith, CEO & Founder of British Lithium explained why attending PDAC is vital for his business. “Developing a lithium project requires a number of skills & financing, all of which can be found at PDAC.  Attendees include everyone from equipment suppliers, laboratories, technical staff & access to investors. PDAC is a great opportunity to meet all of these people, and highlight the fabulous development opportunity we have in Cornwall.”
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Wardell Armstrong is a full-service British technical mining consultancy with global expertise in the whole mine life cycle. Services include mineral exploration, Mineral Resource Estimation, Ore Reserve evaluation with mine design and scheduling, environmental and social analysis and aspects of mining, economic and financial assessment, through to mine closure including economic development for the local community and post mining.
“PDAC is one of the biggest mining conference in the world with over 20000 attendees. It’s a great opportunity for us to get in front of a huge audience, and meet with relevant companies” – Che Osmond, Technical Director & Geologist, Wardell Armstrong.
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Cornwall Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIM listed Strategic Minerals plc. They are delivering a world-class tin-tungsten project, in Cornwall, U.K.

• Completed over 14,000 m of exploration core drilling
• Defined a new globally significant tin-tungsten-copper resource of 11.7 Mt @1.17% Sn Eq. This triples the contained metal from previous work, and puts Cornwall back on the mining map

Notably, on a contained metal basis, the Redmoor Mineral Resource now ranks as the (No. 1) largest undeveloped tin-tungsten underground mining project in the world Cornwall remains one of the most heavily mined but least explored parts of the world.

“Being based in Cornwall, UK offers us the security of operating in a stable jurisdiction with a clear regulatory framework. Cornwall Council and the local communities are both supportive of mining activity. And, with Camborne School of Mines on our doorstep there’s an abundance of high quality talent here supported by international quality universities with expertise in mining.” – Brett Grist, Exploration Manager, Cornwall Resources.

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We’re here to help you take advantage of Cornwall’s mining opportunities – and, where necessary, to make your move into the region as seamless and productive as possible, so talk to our team today.

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