Located near Gällivare, in the arctic Lapland region of Sweden, the copper deposit at Aitik was discovered in the 1930s although mining only began in 1968 when technology was sufficiently advanced to profitably extract the metal. In 2006, with demand for copper running strong, Boliden decided to make the biggest investment in its history to increase output.
High efficiency is a matter of survival for the Aitik copper mine in northern Sweden. The proportion of metal in the earth’s surface here is so low – less than 0.3 percent – that it can only be extracted profitably if the processes are highly automated.
Innovative technologies have improved productivity for mining since the 1890s
Press release: Energy-efficient ABB equipment at heart of Boliden’s Aitik copper mine, Sweden
Press release: ABB wins comprehensive service contract for Boliden’s Aitik mine
Get a grip on the Aitik mine by reading through ourFacts and figures/Fakten und Zahlen
Have a look at the map and go on a virtual tour through the Aitik mine.
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Check our mining glossary/Minenglossar and our general glossary on technical terms/Technologieglossar for definitions and explanations.