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MINING INDUSTRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF AN ICONIC FIGURE, BYRON KNELSON PASSES AWAY AT THE AGE OF 80.

Langley, British Columbia August 29, 2011.  Byron Knelson founder of Knelson Concentrators (Knelson) has passed away at the age of 80. Byron succumbed to complications arising from his battle with cancer.

Byron is well known for his contributions to the gold mining industry, which began with his quest for a better means to recover fine placer gold in the mid 1970's. His pursuit would ultimately revolutionize the application of gravity separation and lead him on an exciting and passionate journey resulting in the development and widespread commercialization of the Knelson Concentrator.

Over 30 years later, the Knelson Concentrator has become a fixture in many of the world's most prominent gold mines and the Knelson name is synonymous with gravity separation. With corporate offices in Langley, Canada and Irkutsk, Russia Knelson has over 130 employees in addition to a global representative network covering 42 countries.

Byron leaves behind a proud legacy. An inventor and a salesman through and through, he was widely known and admired for his charismatic personality, sharp sense of humour and his endearing trademark laugh.

Learn more about Byron. Read the interview conducted for Knelson's 25th year anniversary - click here


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"Introduction to Knelson concentrators was in Peak Gold Mines, Cobar NSW, where 3 30" machines were used, the first of their kind to be painted deep blue. This circuit was treating SAG discharge -2mm, and saved a lot of money in reduced cyanide consumption and improved recovery. For the last number of years, major effort has been placed in testing, designing and installing one of the world's biggest single time installations of KC-XD48, 12 in total, at PT Freeport, West Papua, Indonesia. In this circuit, the gravity circuit has been installed within the primary ball milling circuit, treating cyclone underflow. The new 70" Knelson, if available at the time of design, would have been seriously considered for installation. Look forward to having the opportunity of taking the next step and experiencing the 1000 t/hr machine, having already worked with the 2 predecessors, 48" and 30"." - Adrian Zarantonello, Superintendent Metallurgy - Projects - PT Freeport, Indonesia ...more > >
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