Symbiosis of Metals Production and Nature (SYMMET)

Symbiosis of Metals Production and Nature (SYMMET)

SYMMET – Symbiosis of metals production and nature – aims to find ways to minimize waste materials or residues formation in metallurgical processes, and to establish how best to utilize secondary raw materials in existing metallurgical processes. It also wants to promote creation of research-based innovations and new business.

The production from current mines is not sufficient to fulfil the need for metals, especially when clean energy, e.g. wind and solar, and electric vehicles are produced in growing amounts. SYMMET is trying to find answers to the sustainability gap, which is the result of continuously increasing need for metallic materials.

SYMMET gathers together a large consortium of metal producers, technology and service providers, SMEs and research institutes active in the metals production ecosystem. The industrial partners of the project are Boliden Harjavalta Oy, Boliden Kokkola Oy, Outokumpu Stainless Oy, Outotec (Finland) Oy, Owatec Oy, SSAB Europe Oy, Tapojärvi Oy and Timegate Instruments Oy. Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland support consortium by high level scientific research. The total budget of the two-year project is approximately €6.9 million.

SYMMET project is funded by Business Finland and coordinated by CLIC Innovation.

For more information, contact Pirjo Kaivos,