“Through research, delivery and support, DebTech provides timeous, cost effective and value adding technology to the De Beers family of companies in the areas of diamond exploration, mining and ore treatment”.
The value proposition of DebTech is to deliver technology that will ensure a sustainable competitive advantage to the Value Centres of the De Beers family of companies. Differentiating knowledge, processes and products are developed by combining our diamond industry knowledge with our technical expertise. An appropriate competency profile is maintained and supplemented with technology partnerships.
DebTech’s core functions are aligned with the De Beers strategic drivers and as such, deliver optimum results.
Process Research and Development
The process R&D function manages the entire DebTech innovation process and is geared at identifying, creating and demonstrating the feasibility of new technologies in order to further the De Beers Exploration and Ore Processing divisions. The acquisition process herein makes use of key technology suppliers in the relevant fields of interest, whilst implementation is done as a collaborative process between DebTech and relevant De Beers business partners.
Product Research and Development and Product Supply and Support
The Product R&D function manages the entire product acquisition process from requirement analysis, concept generation to final design and operates alongside the Product Supply and Support function. Together, these two functions collaborate with internationally recognised technology component suppliers and combine their unique understanding of operational requirements, within the diamond industry, to deliver the products appropriate to meet those unique needs.
DebTech Metallurgical Services
The main service offerings within this function are Ore Dressing Studies (ODS) and Technical Consulting. These services are brought together by the alignment of competencies within the department, which follows the metallurgical flow sheet and include specialist skills in comminution, DMS concentration, final diamond recovery and environmental studies. ODS is targeted at capital projects and aims to deliver optimal conceptual fl ow sheets as it precedes the engineering process and can influence plant design at the lowest relevant cost. Technical Consulting offers metallurgical plant assessments, operational troubleshooting and equipment evaluation, amongst other services. There is continuous interaction between DebTech departments to ensure that up to date information on service developments and Product Supply and Support machine applications are adequately communicated to the benefit of the De Beers family of companies.