Senior Advisor Mineral Processing and Recycling


Dr. Gerhard Schmelzer

Year of Birth: 1966

  • 1992-1997
    Aachen University of Technolgy, Doctoral Degree
  • 1987-1992
    Aachen University of Technolgy, Diploma Degree in Mineral Processing and Ore Benficiation

Professional Experience

  • 2014-now schmelzerconsult, Advice and Consulting in Mineral Processing and Recycling, worldwide.
  • 2011-2014 Lanxess Deutschland GmbH, Global Business Development for Mining and Processing Projects worldwide; based in South Africa. Concentrating on chromite, fluorspar, and phosphate projects.
  • 2009-2011 Metso Minerals GmbH. Design, engineering and marketing of mineral processing plants for coal, base metals and fluorspar as well as slag recycling plants.
  • 1999-2009 Sachtleben Bergbau GmbH. Head of Operations and Development of surface operations for fluorspar, baryte, copper and silver production. Advisor for international projects.
  • 1997-1999 Verein Deutscher EisenhĂĽtten-leute VDEh; Scientific Expert for cupola and blast furnace projects

Specific Project Experience

  • Familiar with planning and processing activities for primary and secondary raw materials – worldwide
  • Pre-Feasibility, Feasibility and Due Diligence studies for active and planned operations (primary and secondary raw materials).
  • Technical, economic, infrastructural and environmental aspects for mine and processing projects incl. risk assessment.
  • Investigations of primary and secondary raw material properties regarding their attitude to commercial processing.
  • Test work covering the full range from laboratory to industrial scale.
  • Development of processing processes, general layout and equipment selection.
  • Basic & detail engineering for processing projects.
  • Responsible for plant erection, commissi-oning, ramping-up and operation phases.
  • Project management of interdisciplinary teams, technical / economic controlling, coaching.