Field Trip Mexichem: Thursday 2 November 2017

Itinerary*

08.15 Meet in hotel lobby
08.30 Depart by bus to Mexichem mine and plant
09.45 Mine/plant induction briefing and tour
14.00 Lunch at Centro de las Artes, SLP
17.00 Depart for hotel
18.15 Arrive hotel

*subject to change

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Lunch venue: Centro de las Artes

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Mexichem operates the world’s largest fluorspar mine at San Luis Potosí, exploiting some 60m. tonnes of reserves with a mine capacity of 6,500 tpd.

Mexichem Fluor, part of the Mexichem Group, is the largest producer of fluorspar in the world, and a leading producer of fluorine-based products to a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, speciality polymers, refrigeration and air-conditioning.

Mexichem also produces hydrofluoric acid, aluminium trifluoride, HFC refrigerants and medical HFA propellants.

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Fluorspar, which is also known as calcium fluoride (CaF2), is the key building block in the production of many essential products including fluorocarbons.

The raw mineral is crushed and separated into a range of sizes for sale as metallurgical grade fluorspar. This grade of fluorspar is used primarily as a flux in the production of steel and cement.

The raw mineral is further purified through a flotation process to generate acid grade fluorspar. This grade of fluorspar is used as a key raw material in the production of hydrogen fluoride, the precursor for a wide range of products.

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Please wear clothing and footwear as befits an industrial site visit