Technical associates and partners


German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT)

The German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) in Ulaanbaatar is identified as one of the fastest developing and inspirational places of knowledge and intellectual wealth in Mongolia. It was established on the basis of an agreement between the governments of Germany and Mongolia in 2011, aiming to transfer the German engineering and technical know-how to Mongolia. GMIT has the objective to promote scientific teaching and research in the mining sector and the environmental sector, which are utterly important for the future of Mongolia. The research spirit in GMIT is guided by interdisciplinary applied approach.

GMIT started its activity as public (state-owned) university with Bachelor and Master's study programs in 2013, committed to providing high quality education, research and social service to its students and partners, alike. In 2018, the first Bachelor students of the Institute graduated, and an agreement was concluded with the German development bank KfW for extension of the Campus.

To date, over 50 organizations such as private sector, government, and NGO’s have concluded memorandums of understanding and cooperation agreements with GMIT, including the representation of RELO in Mongolia. GMIT also has a close cooperation with six German universities and the support of Mongolian and German ministries and scientific organizations.

“At GMIT, we envision the future where industries, from extraction of minerals to manufacturing of goods to logistics, are guided by advancement of technologies such as autonomous systems and big data mining. Our faculty members and students, together with international colleagues, aspire to integrate/balance the different facets of development to ensure the sustainable development in local and as well as global context.”, says the Rector D-r Dorjderem Nyamjav, Ph.D.

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Wardell Armstrong

The multidisciplinary Engineering, Environmental and Mining consultancy - Wardell Armstrong operates in the UK and worldwide with over 180 years of international experience. Wardell works in the development of natural mineral and energy resources, land and property, waste resource management, environmental and social management and infrastructure. Some of their key service areas are in mining and minerals, ground engineering, waste resource management, environment and planning and more.

Traditionally, Wardell provides a range of standard comminution tests including JK Drop Weight, SAGDesign and Bond Index testing to fully quantify grinding energy requirements at all levels from initial scoping through to a full definitive feasibility study.

“The energy used during the crushing and grinding of an ore accounts for one of the most significant costs within any mining operation. It is therefore critical that the energy requirements in terms of ore hardness are fully understood, even at an early stage during project development and used to optimise the comminution design.” Recognizing this key importance, Wardell is keen to get to know and work closely with the energy efficient grinding bodies RELO, addressing precisely this challenge in mining.

“Operating from one of our Mineral Processing plants – the one based in Cornwall, United Kingdom, our team of metallurgists, mineralogists and analytical chemists with extensive experience in the testing of a wide range of ores and commodities from across the world have the capabilities to test samples ranging in size for initial bench scale scoping studies, methodologies development and pilot plant campaigns.”

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University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski" (UMG)


Since 1953 the University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” (UMG) – Sofia, Bulgaria has established itself as an academic and research center that provides training to engineers in the spheres of geology, mining, computer and electrical and mechanical engineering. There, the whole range of post-graduate qualification courses is being realized, and fundamental and applied scientific research is carried out. The scientific activity of the university includes the areas of geology and mining, power engineering, civil engineering and industrial construction, environmental protection and others. UMG works with specialists from around 40 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

UMG has defended its right to educate students in all educational degrees - bachelor, master, doctor, associate professor, professor. In terms of duration and scope, they correspond to degrees awarded at universities in the USA and Europe.

In the field of education and research, the UMG is partnering very actively with universities and scientific institutions in Germany, Austria, Russia, Spain, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, FAROM (Macedonia), the UK, the USA, France, Turkey, Greece, and many others. It also engages in partnerships with European scientific and educational organizations through the programs European Scientific Foundation, TEMPUS, CEEPUS, SOCRATES, COPERNICUS, and others. UMG specialists provide expert support in the research and development of RELO grinding bodies, including in partnership with SGS, the international verifying and certification company, and others.

The scientific activities of the UMG include international scientific conferences, research and development activities and scientific research, publications for scientific journals and editions, contributions to national and international scientific strategies.

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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, having started its activity back in 1878. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

SGS offers a comprehensive range of world-leading inspection, verification, testing and certification services – with regards to control and testing quantity and quality, safety and performance qualities of products, compliance with regulatory requirements and standards for health and safety, reducing risks, shortening the time to placing on the market and many others. With the help of its certification services, SGS provides certification for products, processes, systems or services and their compliance with national or international standards and regulations or customer defined standards, through certification. SGS verification ensures that products and services comply with global standards and local regulations. Combining global coverage with local knowledge, unrivalled experience and expertise in virtually every industry, SGS covers the entire supply chain from raw materials to final consumption. SGS are key and valuable collaborators of RELO with their professionalism and certification of laboratory and industrial tests and research of RELO grinding bodies.

“As the leader in providing specialized business solutions that improve quality, safety and productivity and reduce risk, we help customers navigate an increasingly regulated world. Our independent services add significant value to our customers’ operations and ensure business sustainability.” – share SGS about their activity. – “We deliver services that promote sustainable development, and our values also show a commitment to corporate sustainability. For us, sustainability is about managing a long-term profitable business while taking into account all the positive and negative environmental, social and economic effects our company has on society.

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