SGS Canada Partners with Ecomin S.r.l bringing advanced metallurgical testing capabilities

by Keith Powell
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. — Photo courtesy SGS Canada

SGS Canada Inc. (SGS Canada) announced today a partnership agreement with Italian-based Ecomin S.r.l (Ecomin), strengthening its metallurgical testing capabilities for the North American mining and recycling industries. The agreement provisions the installation of a pilot TriFlo® separator at SGS Canada’s lab and testing facility in Lakefield, Ontario. Through this move, SGS Canada becomes the sole provider of this testing method in the country, employing two-stage dense medium separation technology.

The TriFlo® technology has been deployed with proven success in Europe and beyond, bringing advancements to critical processes in mining and recycling. Its dense medium separator provides up to three adjustable density separations in a single vessel, allowing for enhanced extraction and accuracy with large volume test samples. Organizations carrying out feasibility studies at the onset of a mining or recycling project could greatly benefit from this form of advanced testing, since it strengthens decision-making with respect to determining the potential of recovery at a specific site.

Although SGS Canada is the leading supplier of dense medium separation testing in Canada, it has serviced its clients employing single-stage technology. “This partnership allows SGS Canada and Ecomin to combine their single and multi-stage dense medium separation expertise in the testing of “difficult to separate” materials or samples,” said Lawrence Ng, VP of SGS Canada’s Minerals division. “We are excited about the prospect of offering private and public sector organizations in North America advanced metallurgical testing methods that have brought benefits to organizations in other parts of the world.”

SGS Canada and its Minerals division have earned a reputation as a world leader in the provision of bankable metallurgical services. For more than 75 years, SGS Canada’s Lakefield lab and testing facility has provided metallurgical testing, supported by the highest standard of analytical, mineralogical and environmental services. Its service offerings have evolved and developed in response to a continued demand from the industries it serves.


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. It is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world. In Canada, SGS operates 70 labs and offices across nine industries. In 2017, Forbes ranked the SGS Group as one of the world’s top multinational performers and one of the world’s most innovative companies. In this same year, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices ranked SGS Group as an Industry Leader in Commercial & Professional Services for its sustainability processes.

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