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Blog: Rock, minerals and industrial design

Modern society would not exist without aggregates and minerals. Those are needed for infrastructures, industry processes and commodity items. Industrial design plays a central role in the sustainable processing of rock and minerals.

It is estimated that more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This places immense pressure on rock and minerals processing industry: what doesn’t grow, needs to be excavated and recycled more and more efficiently. In addition to minerals, natural sand dug from river and ocean beds is a diminishing resource, and new replacing materials like crushed sand need to be developed and taken into use.  More focus is also needed to improve energy efficiency – today, some 4% of the world’s energy production is used in rock and minerals processing.

If you are interested in finding out how industrial design and digitalization can help build more sustainable solutions and a better future for all of us see the video clip of my presentation at the Helsinki Design Week 2017. You can find the slide deck in Finnish below.


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