Pilot scale for a competitive European mining and metals industry

Metnet is a network of independent European pilot plants that design, construct and operate large pilot-scale equipment for mineral and metallurgical processes.

Its key market is the mining, mineral, metals and recycling industries. Customers are also found among technology and equipment providers as well as related industry.

Metnet offers a complete solution in the value chain from raw material preparation to casting through a single-point of contact. When contact is established, the business arrangements are set up between customer and Metnet partner. This guarantees the confidentiality of the customer´s research.

Bringing ideas into industrial use

Pilot plants facilities are the key in the innovation process to bring new technology into practice and thereby creating benefit for the industry. By bringing processes and techniques from a low TRL to high TRL, pilot-plant trials are of great importance to minimize technical and financial risks. Consequently, access to pilot plants is necessary to bring ideas or concepts into industrial use, i.e. “Crossing the valley of death”.

METNET members

The Metnet network consists of several pilot plants in Europe, covering many different aspects of mineral processing, metallurgy and production of metals. Through Metnet the customers have access to a network of knowledge that can work cross-sectorial and innovatively by combining the expertise of all members. By contacting either of us, you will find the specific competence and equipment you need.

  1. BRGM, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France
    Processing of minerals and secondary materials
  2. CEA, France
    Hydrometallurgy  for non-ferrous industry
  3. CRM, Belgium
    Pyrometallurgy for ferrous and non-ferrous industry
  4. ELKEM Technology R&D Technical Center, Norway
    Pyrometallurgy for ferrous and non- ferrous industry
  5. ERAMET Research, France
    Mineral processing, hydro- and pyrometallurgy for ferrous and non-ferrous industry
  6. Extracthive, France
    Mineral processing and hydrometallurgy  for non-ferrous industry
  7. GTK, Geological Survey of Finland
    Processing of minerals and secondary materials
  8. IMN, Poland
    Mineral processing, hydro- and pyrometallurgy for non-ferrous industry
  9. Materials Processing Institute, UK
    Pyrometallurgy for ferrous industry
  10. Swerim (coordinator), Sweden
    Pyrometallurgy for ferrous and non-ferrous industry

Industrial Support Organisations

We would like to thank our Industrial Support Organisations for supporting the development of our network and helping us identify the needs of industry.

Metnet Industrial Support Organisations (ISO)

Related network

PCRec – Development and implementation of sustainable ready to market technology solutions for the product centric recycling of raw materials from WEEE