ABx Group has announced the installation of a state-of-the-art bath pilot batch reactor at its subsidiary ALCORE's Technology Centre.

The reactor, designed to enhance process mixing, is vital in achieving a high fluorine yield from aluminium smelter waste.

The reactor's successful operation could increase confidence that the pilot and first commercial plants will function as intended. It could also further the development and market evaluation of metal sulphate by-products.

The reactor holds a capacity ten times larger than the bath laboratory reactor and was purchased from a specialized international supplier.