JKTech has been awarded recognition for its minerals technology development at the JK Centre in Brisbane through the Premier of Queensland’s Smart Awards. Last year, JKTech won the Smart Award for mining and mineral processing with its Flotation Optimization Methodology. The criteria used to judge the candidates were: the degree and use of innovation by the company; how innovation was being used to drive business growth; growth in turnover, profits, employees and the capacity to sustain growth in the future; the use of smart business management processes and systems throughout the business.JKTech’s Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA) system was chosen as one of the three finalists out of 17 entrants. The award was finally won by Brisbane Display & Shopfitting and attracted entrants ranging from yacht builders to salt chlorinator manufacturers. Several companies from the mining industry supply sector were also nominated, including Intellection, Metso Minerals, Monduran, Transcale and the third finalist, Hardchrome. This will provide further support for the ongoing development of the MLA and other mineral related technologies. Queensland Government has announced that the JK Centre has been awarded funding under the Innovation Building Fund to support the construction of a new Mineral Characterization Research Facility at the University of Queensland’s experimental mine at Indooroopilly in Brisbane.