The Palabora Copper is the only primary copper producer in South Africa. It boasts the secondary products as Magnetite, vermiculite, and anode slimes. Palabora Copper's Chemical laboratory is equipped to do routine sample analysis from a wide range of processing and environmental samples. The laboratory provides the processing plants with up to date analytical results that meets the highest level of acceptable standards. The copper production complex also makes use of secondary consumables that must meet the stringent quality requirements, and the chemical laboratory provides this service. The laboratory consists of a management team, headed by the General Manager: Asset Management. We have a dedicated team of chemical analysts, laboratory supervisors and specialist all headed by the Laboratory Superintendent.
The state of the art equipment include ICP, XRF, LECO and OES instrumentation also encasing traditional techniques as fire assay.
The laboratory is segmented into three main functional areas:-
- The sample development department - all product and process concentrate samples.
- Analytical Services Department- determining of primary, secondary elemental analysis, plus trace elemental analysis, including fire assay.
- Research And Development - expanding the laboratory functions to meet supplier and customer requirements.