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A cordially Welcome to the second EMPRC 2020 - European Mineral Processing and Recycling Congress. It will be celebrated in Aachen, one of the oldest and most impressing cities in Germany.
The political situation concerning raw materials in Europe has changed in the last 10 years, since political regulations restrained the free trading of minerals and metals in the world. Prices decreased after the skyrocketing in the years 2006/2007 and 2010 - 2012 to a more normal level and the fear of supply shortage became a ghost that was gone without too much consequences to the market in Europe.
New developments in the world, trade dispute between the US and the EU, but even more between US and China will lead to new shortages in the coming future. In addition the discussion about climate change and CO2 emissions will lead to more efficient processes in industrial sectors being energy and resource intensive. It will be the challenge for the coming years to face those demands with innovation, development and exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of chemical, physical and physico-chemical processing of raw materials. Therefor EMPRC 2020 is dedicated to link technology, economy and sustainability in processing of raw materials.
The focus in Europe turns more and more from primary resources to secondary material coming from waste streams and urban mining. In the sense of the circular economy we have to think even more about circular ecology, with respect to the effects on the environment and the consequences for the climate within the next 20 years.
This conference is organized and held on invitation of GDMB, Society of Metallurgists and Miners, on regular two years basis. It is addressing companies, administrations and all the others being active in the field of raw materials processing and recycling. The conference will give the participants a comprehensive overview to the state of the art of the wide range of materials processing and the interaction between technologies, possible synergies and upcoming developments. Experts from all over the globe have the chance to upgrade their knowledge and to exchange their experience here in Aachen.
Professor Dr.-Ing. Michael Stelter
President of GDMB
In 2018, the first European Mineral Processing and Recycling Congress was held in Essen, Germany, and was immediately recognized as a high-quality technical congress due to the diverse program of lectures, the internationality, the good opportunity for dialogue between research and industry and the smooth organization of the event.
The second EMPRC is held in Aachen. It focuses on all aspects related to the mechanical and physico-chemical processing of both primary and secondary raw materials including process technology, raw materials and general topics such as process economics, sustainability and social and political acceptance. In comparison to EMPRC 2018, the circle of participants and the internationality will be further increased and the congress will be complemented by an exhibition.
The conference is organized and held by invitation of GDMB, Society of Metallurgists and Miners, and is particularly directed to companies, institutes, plant manufactures, equipment suppliers and service providers active in the field of mineral processing and recycling all over the world.
GDMB, the Society of Metallurgists and Miners invites 2020 to the 2nd EMPRC in Aachen, a spa and border city in North Rhine-Westphalia located in a former coal-mining area near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. The city hosts a rich historic heritage worth to explore and is today an important center of science, innovation, engineering and information technology.
I cordially wish all the very best for EMPRC 2020 and hope that many lecturers and participants will find their way to Aachen for an extensive exchange of knowledge and experience.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Elwert, CEO Duesenfeld GmbH
EMPRC 2020, Scientific Committee Chair