Lead Partner: VITO

The PreFlex NoI offers easy access to infrastructure where clients can benefit from optimal equipment choices provided by all partners in the network.


The PreFlex NoI aims to boost innovation in the raw materials sector through collaboration by establishing a Europe-wide network that hives the infrastructure and skills regarding “Pre-treatment and Physical separation”.

The solution (technology)

The PreFlex NoI will provide infrastructure to customers from the raw materials industry coming from research organizations, R&D departments and other stakeholders. The infrastructure of the network includes equipment at lab and pilot scale and supporting modelling tools for optimal valorization of complex, low grade ores and residues. The access to various infrastructure types will help to develop new tailored solutions to foster resource efficiency and economic growth along the whole value chain of raw materials.


Active from January 2016 to December 2018

Project coordination and management

Partner: VITO NV
Name and Title: Dr. Kris Broos
Tel: +32 14 33 56 36
Email coordinator:
direct project mail:
Website of PreFlex service platform:

PreFlex service platform:

A description about the functionality and use of the service platform (web tool) is available here.

PreFlex partners

LogoPartner NamePartner typeLocationWebsite
Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et MiniéresResearch
Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques asblResearch
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientificasResearch
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf e. V.Research
RWTH Aachen UniversityHigher
Technische Universität Bergakademie FreibergHigher
Université de LiégeHigher
Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NVResearch