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Breakthrough Solution of the Year

Open to miners, producers, processors, equipment makers, exchanges, clearing houses, recyclers, technology providers, software creators, end-users and others contributing to the metals value chain.

This category acknowledges the work of an organization instrumental in taking a promising metals production technology or process, trading platform or software tool and expanding its use or impact. The award recognizes innovators or first movers, as well as those with the perseverance to transform an existing process or make it remarkably better.

Judges will focus on the research, development and commercialization of ingenious and cost-effective ways to enhance one or more of the following key objectives: greater efficiency, higher productivity, better quality and lower environmental impact. The scope of the award ranges from raw materials supply, through primary production and further processing, to the trading and end-user interface, including technologies, such as blockchain or fintech.

The independent judging panel will consider any metals or metals-related production technology or process launched, patented or fundamentally improved since January 2017. Technologies operating in pilot facilities or initial phases will be considered.

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
  • Net job growth (projected)
  • Results (non-financial)
  • Scope
  • Technologically proven
  • Safety, security and risk in particular

Nomination Template ›

Nominations are closed, and will reopen in December.

For questions, contact us at: globalmetalsawards@spglobal.com
or at +1 720-264-6840 (available EST)

Why did they win?

Read the judging rationale in Insight magazine. Also included are articles from Platts thought leaders.