Draslovka acquires South African mineral analyser specialist Blue Cube

Draslovka a.s., a global leader in cyanide-based chemical specialties and agricultural chemicals, has acquired Blue Cube Systems (Pty) Ltd, a South-Africa-based firm that develops, builds and sells real-time mineral analysers for application in mineral beneficiation processes. Blue Cube has installed more than 100 analysers across mines worldwide and has a strong growth profile, especially in Africa and Australia, which will be enhanced via Draslovka’s foothold in the Americas.

Blue Cube is an important addition to the Draslovka stable of offerings and a critical piece in the AI-based mining optimisation solutions Draslovka is currently developing. Through this acquisition, Draslovka will bring added value to its existing customers by offering significantly improved real-time data collection. That data can be used to optimise processing operations and reduce costs in addition to serving as an enabler for advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence tools.

Blue Cube’s proprietary MQi technology is based on reflective spectroscopy for slurry and dry applications and absorption spectroscopy for solutions. Crucially, results are shared with the client every 15 seconds, whereas conventional technology suffers from a delay of approximately 24 hours. Blue Cube offers a product range suitable for slurry applications, such as flotation operations, wet or dry magnetic separation, electrostatic separation, gravity separation and leach operations.

The statement said: “Its products include no hazardous components (such as X-rays or radiation sources) and, similar to Draslovka, is founded on an ethos of ongoing innovation. Blue Cube’s products have been proven in operations processing a variety of minerals, including gold, nickel, copper, platinum group metals, heavy minerals, chrome, iron, phosphate and manganese. When combined with the appropriate manual or automated process control, Blue Cube’s technology can lead to an increase of 2-4% in recovery, which is substantial for companies looking to stay competitive.”

Commenting on the Blue Cube acquisition, Draslovka’s CEO, Pavel Bruzek Jr, said: “The addition of Blue Cube makes Draslovka a truly integrated solutions provider. We are now perfectly situated to provide forward-thinking mining companies with a full suite of services that allow them to reduce costs, increase sustainability, manage their environmental footprint and, ultimately, be at the forefront of the industry and bottom of the cash curve. I look forward to working with our new colleagues at Blue Cube and building out Draslovka’s contribution to the mining sector.”

Jimmy Stockbridge, Director of Draslovka Mining Solutions, added: “Blue Cube offers an innovative line of products that are truly unique and powerful. We’re excited to empower our customers with robust data collection through the adoption of cutting-edge technologies that improve metal extraction processes.”

Francois Plessis, founder of Blue Cube, commented: “Blue Cube was established in 2001 with a passion for innovation, therefore we couldn’t be happier to be acquired by Draslovka, a company that is committed to innovative and creative thinking. As a subsidiary of Draslovka, I believe Blue Cube will be on a fast-track growth trajectory as we expand into the Americas.”

Blue Cube will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Draslovka. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.