Filter Technology and Sales

I joined the Finnish company Larox in 1991 to open their UK office, and to market and sell pressure filters.  This was a temporary departure from the mining industry as my projects were in chemical processes including penicillin, titanium dioxide, precipitated calcium carbonate, fungicide, and oil desulphurisation.  

I conducted a market study for the UK, identified potential industries, and initiated a targeted marketing campaign.  This was followed by process testing, leading to major sales.

I took on the role of managing director of Larox’s mainland European office between 1996 and 1998, splitting my time between the UK and Germany.

I then returned to working on mining projects as business manager for mining and metallurgical applications globally from 1999.  I continued in variants of this role until retirement in November 2015.

I have been involved with filtration projects in Chile, Peru, Mexico, United States, Canada, Australia, China, Kazakhstan and particularly Southern Africa - South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, DRC.  

Between 2006 and 2008 I took a temporary assignment as managing director of Larox Southern Africa based in Johannesburg.  During this time we achieved record results, built a strong and motivated team, and achieved compliance with HSE and BBBEE regulations.  I was most closely involved with platinum concentrate filtration in South Africa, and copper concentrate filtration in Zambia.

Larox was acquired by Outotec in 2009, but my role in global support of concentrate filtration projects and sales remained unchanged.

I retired from Outotec in November 2015 and registered Rock Art Consulting as my company for future consultancy.

© Ian Townsend 2015