Speaker Spotlight: Dr Koji Saito

10 April 2019

As we build up to Iron Ore 2019, we will be interviewing our keynote speakers on some key issues within the Iron Ore industry.

This month we asked Dr Koji Saito for his views on the industry. Dr Saito is a Fellow, Research & Development, Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corporation. He holds M.S. and PhD degrees in Physical Chemistry from Nagoya Institute of Technology and Tohoku University, respectively. His career on iron making technology including coal characterization using NMR, coking process research, and blast furnace technology started in Yawata works of Nippon Steel Corporation in 1984.

1. In 2017 there was a strong focus on the importance of mineralogy and petrology on iron ore processing characteristics (ie geometallurgy), the rationale being that you need to understand the detailed characteristics of an ore to optimise mining, blending, beneficiation and downstream processing operations. Do these characteristics still hold true in 2019?

I believe these themes are still very important to the steel industry. A key focus has been to expand our research development on iron ore, specifically in new advancements and evaluation methods. During the presentation I will address these developments through our trial studies.

2. How important is flexibility when responding to today’s market conditions (Feijao collapse vs slowing Chinese economy)

Stability, quality and flexibility to the P problem are very important.

3. What message would you like to provide to the delegates – what do you hope will be the main message they will take away from your keynote presentation?

During my presentation, I will cover several topics, especially our company trials, on the application of tower mill to sintering process, new evaluation method for iron ore, new Japanese project for high P iron ore and a Japanese project for CO2 reduction.

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