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BASF Venture Capital invests in to make mining more efficient, sustainable and safe

BASF Venture Capital (BVC) is leading a strategic investment round in with follow-on participation from a group of UK-based technology angel investors including Dr. Steve Garnett and Stephen Kelly. is a provider of AI-based solutions for the global mining industry. Its customers include mining majors and diversified mining groups.

In July, BASF Mining Solutions and announced an exclusive partnership which will combine their expertise in mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology. (Earlier post.) The joint offering is called “BASF Intelligent Mine powered by” and delivers artificial intelligence solutions embedded with BASF mineral processing and chemical expertise.

To extract metals from the mined ores, mining companies must overcome two main challenges. First, today’s known ore deposits are increasingly difficult to mine, with declining ore grades and greater environmental challenges. Second, the composition of the orebody is not known with high accuracy. This variability impacts operational conditions and control, as well as plant performance and throughput. This is where’s technology comes in. has combined the disciplines of mining expertise with software engineering and data science, enabling products to be designed by industry experts for end-users in the mining industry.

The result is a unified technology platform, including a portfolio of process optimization applications spanning the entire mining value chain, from the mine to the plant and the markets. This is unique in the industry due to its breadth, scope and scale and it helps mining operations to become more efficient, sustainable and safe with accelerated value delivery.

The platform also includes built-in simulation tools that can be used to test alternative operating conditions, train staff and run non-intrusive ‘what if’ scenarios.

BASF has a broad portfolio of mineral processing chemicals and technologies to improve process efficiencies and aid the economic extraction of valuable resources while offering global technical support to mining customers.



Mining could be an interesting application for AI.

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