Building bridges between partners

Workshop on Copper Tankhouse Technology at Montanwerke Brixlegg from 2nd to 4th May 2017

In early May, experts in the field of tankhouse technology from all over the globe gathered in the Austrian town Brixlegg, Tirol. At the company Montanwerke Brixlegg, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the alps, people from  PolyMet Solutions GmbH, SMS Group, AD Hydromet, Limpact and Mettop GmbH were sitting together at one table to share their profound knowledge.

Along with the workshop, the participants had the chance to experience the superior METTOP-BRX Technology for tankhouse optimization during the plant visit.

All attendees enjoyed the lively process of professional exchange and would like to express their sincere thanks to Montanwerke Brixlegg for their hospitably.  


Assembling Stage in Full Swing  

Final Engineering and Construction Phase for ILTEC at voestalpine Donawitz, Austria

After some time of temporary halt, the construction of the ILTEC facility is now in full operation. For this special application of cooling the flanges of the RH degassing facility, the technology is even more sophisticated. Due to the regular changes of the nozzles and the lower vessel part respectively, a nitrogen purging to flush the cooled parts is implemented. This guarantees a perfectly safe operation mode with ILTEC and at the same time allows a loss-free change of vessel parts.

The completion of the facility will be in the middle of May 2017 whereas the industrial scale implementation will be realised at the end of this year.



Mettop GmbH, founded in 2005, is an independent Austrian engineering company, specialised in the design, optimisation, and engineering of technologies for metallurgical processes. It is active in the field of pyro- as well as hydrometallurgy of non-ferrous metals and recently also started with innovative cooling systems for the iron and steel industry.

The scope of services comprises of optimisation solutions in the area of furnace integrity, combining refractory selection and layout, gas purging systems and cooling elements. In the field of hydrometallurgy, a new electrolysis technology - the METTOP-BRX Technology - was developed and is in operation to allow an acceleration of the electrolytic refining of up to 50 percent. For all metallurgical aggregates and equipment, Mettop developed the new and water-free cooling technology ILTEC, that uses an ionic liquid as cooling medium,  to create new pathways towards safe and efficient cooling for the entire metallurgical industry.

In addition, Mettop is internationally active in terms of technical consulting (process optimisation) and operator training for customers in the non-ferrous metals industry, and also assists in the optimisation of risk management in metallurgical plants. 

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