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Prior Industries Australia service a wide variety of industries in Australia and overseas. We have applied our products and technology to sectors including, but not limited to:

  • Mineral Processing - Nickel, Copper, Aluminium, Lead, Tin and Zinc
  • Steel
  • Heat Treatment
  • Food Processing and Manufacturing
  • Petro-Chemical
  • Power Generation
  • Co-generation
  • Brick and Ceramic
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Cement
  • Asphalt and Bitumen
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  • Glass
  • Textile
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Agriculture and Hydroponics
  • Naval, Shipping and Defence
  • Waste and Fume Incineration
  • Environmental Protection
  • Central and District Heating
  • Paint and Powder Coating
  • Infrastructure, Building and Construction
  • Automotive
  • Water and Waste Treatment

Nickel Industry Experience:

Prior Industries Australia has been actively involved in the global Nickel industry since inception in 1971. During this time, PRIOR has developed substantial experience and expertise in the application of Nichols-Herreshoff Multiple Hearth Roasters (utilising the Caron Process) to the reduction of lateritic ores.

From 1977 to the present, PRIOR has undertaken numerous refurbishment and expansion projects for Nickel producers in Australia, the Philippines, Brazil and the Republic of Cuba. A total of 60 roasters, requiring in excess of 600 combustion systems and gasifier chambers have been converted to PRIOR technology, including burners, valve trains, control systems, refractory design/supply and installation.

In 1989/90, PRIOR developed the High Turn Down Combustion System specifically for Nickel Industry applications, in conjunction with a re-design of the roaster gasifier chambers. Benefits of this system for Nickel producers include:

  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Long service life through extensive use of Stainless Steel and other specialised
  • Equipment optimised specifically for Nickel roaster operation
  • Drastically improved refractory and chamber life
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Improved working conditions in the roaster area, especially reduced noise levels

PRIOR’s Nickel industry capabilities also include combustion systems for Dryers, Calciners, Boilers, Sintering Furnaces, Ladle pre-heating and Power Generation. We also provide consultancy and equipment in areas other than combustion, such as Aerators, Agitators, Coolers, Absorption Towers, Materials Handling and Processing.



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