Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to inform you that The University of Queensland’s Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) and UQ Holding’s technology transfer company JKTech, are integrating their activities under a single management structure.

We believe this move will consolidate and strengthen both organisations and ensure our clients are receiving the benefits of innovative research, expertise in technology based consulting, laboratory services, software, specialist equipment, and professional development.

The strategic direction of JKMRC and JKTech will be further enhanced by the appointment of Professor Neville Plint to the role of JKTech’s Managing Director in addition to his role as Director of UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute. He will be ably supported by Professor Rick Valenta (Acting Director, JKMRC), Paul Napier (Chief Financial Offider, JKTech), Bevin Wong (Operations Manager, JKTech), and Associate Professor Marcin Ziemski who is taking on a role of commercial lead working across JKTech and JKMRC. In Latin America, all of JKTech’s activity have integrated and will be carried out through the International Centre of Excellence in Chile, SMI-ICE-Chile, with Professor David Mulligan as Executive Director.

JKMRC was established in 1970 and JKTech was set up in 1986 as their commercial division. In 2000 JKMRC became part of UQ’s newly established Sustainable Minerals Institute and JKTech became an incorporated company the following year.

While the teams of both organisations have worked closely over the past years, this announcement sees a return to a unified management whilst also preserving JKTech’s corporate and technical identity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us via or

Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to working with you in the future to find solutions to the challenges facing the resources industry.

Kind Regards

Professor Neville Plint
Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute
Managing Director, JKTech


Dr Barry Kelly
Chair, JKTech Board



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