Primetals Technologies and NewFer have signed a cooperation agreement in April 2021 for the joint development and implementation of iron ore pelletizing and beneficiation plants. The cooperation with NewFer strengthens Primetals Technologies’ world-wide offering for travelling grate iron ore pelletizing plants. Germany based company NewFer was founded in 2019 and employs various industry professionals with vast global experience in the design, project development and implementation of beneficiation and agglomeration projects. Under the technical lead of CTO Mr Thomas Schwalm, NewFer supports Primetals Technologies with services for the design and engineering of pelletizing projects including raw material characterization and pot grate tests as well as the development of the process engineering (such as heat and mass balances and other main process parameters) as well as the design of the induration machine. NewFer’s technical support and consulting is provided throughout the complete sales and implementation phase of a pelletizing project and includes advisory services for commissioning and plant start-up. Primetals Technologies offers straight grate and circular grate pelletizing plants for capacities between 1 and 8 million tonnes per annum. The individually optimized plant concept is based on detailed raw material analysis with Primetals Technologies’ own pot grate test facility located in Leoben in Austria. For the calculation of the heat balance and the design of the individual process zones of the induration furnace, an advanced numerical simulation tool is used which is also an in-house development of Primetals Technologies.