Maelgwyn Mineral Services was founded in Llandudno, North Wales, on 21st October 1997 ostensibly to commercialize concepts in pneumatic froth flotation.
It is interesting to note that exactly one hundred years earlier to the month the Elmore brothers (who invented the flotation process that was patented in 1898) were installing the world’s first industrial size commercial flotation process for mineral beneficiation at the Glasdir copper mine at Llanellyd, near Dolgellau, in North Wales.
While in 2009 there is only one known flotation plant currently operating in Wales (floating fine coal) the country can quite proudly claim to be the birth place of flotation as a mineral beneficiation process.
It is estimated that around 80% of all the minerals of the world are currently beneficiated by the flotation process.
Key personnel originate from the mining and processing equipment manufacturing industry. The company provides a unique blend of skills in design, research and product development combined with considerable experience in mineral process operations.
The objective of MMS is to develop and commercialise a range of patented and proprietary technology held by the company in the field of mineral, chemical and waste processing.
To this end MMS has become a world leader in the development and application of advanced technologies for the mineral process and environmental industries.
Maelgwyn Mineral Services Limited is headquartered in Tŷ Maelgwyn (Maelgwyn House) in the Cathays region of Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom.
The company is named after the great 6th century Welsh king – Maelgwyn Gwynedd – who ruled a large part of ancient Britain. King Maelgwyn (Maelgwn in Old Welsh) lived in North Wales near Llandudno, in the foothills of the mountain ranges of Snowdonia.
Present day Llandudno is the largest of the Welsh resort towns – fashionable since Victorian times. Up to the last century it was a major copper mining area.
On the carboniferous limestone outcrops, the Great Orme and Little Orme, in between which the town of Llandudno is situated, are workings of major copper mining which date back to the mid Bronze Age, some 3800 years ago.