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QMineral lands a rock-solid win with the Reynolds Cup

QMineral, a mineralogy lab in Leuven, Flanders, has received the prestigious 2020 Reynolds Cup, awarded biannually by the Clay Minerals Society since 2000. The company won out over 76 laboratories and universities from around the world for the consistency and accuracy of its mineral analyses.

QMineral (KU Leuven) lands a rock-solid win with the Reynolds Cup

Consistency is key

The Reynolds Cup was born when oil & gas players noticed key differences in the sample analyses performed by different mineralogy labs. Inaccuracy or a lack of consistency in the analysis of clay and non-clay minerals can have big impacts of products, processes, safety and more.

Cup participants are required to analyze three composite samples, using x-ray diffraction and other techniques to accurately determine the structure, composition and physical properties of each sample.

Outstanding accuracy and consistency

Quantitative mineral analysis is important not just in oil & gas, but also in the mining, raw materials and health & safety sectors. The Clay Minerals Society chose QMineral as the 2020 cup winner due to the lab’s uncompromising accuracy and consistent quantitative mineralogical data of its sample analyses. As the winning lab, QMineral will also organize the next edition of the competition, which will be held in 2022.

An opportunity to shine

The Reynolds Cup offers an opportunity for labs and universities to showcase their research skills to partners and stakeholders. 2020 marks the second time in a row that QMineral has won this coveted award. “It is, of course, a great honor for us to win this prize again. But above all it shows the high quality research of our staff,” says Gilles Mertens, CEO of QMineral. “Because more or less the same measuring equipment is used worldwide, the difference lies in the analytical ability of the researchers and in the preparation of the samples.”

“What’s more,” Mertens adds, “The city of Leuven recently won the iCapital Award and can call itself the European Capital of Innovation. The fact that we can bring yet another award to Leuven only adds to that status.”

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Reported by
Qmineral website
3 November 2020

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