29th July 2020

New Zealand government to regulate environmentally harmful e-waste

New Zealand's Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage, today announced six products, including e-waste and car tyres, to be declared ‘priority products’ for the establishment of regulated product stewardship schemes under the Waste Minimisation Act.

20th July 2020

Covid-19 has major impact on gold supply chain

These fantastic infographics from Nicholas LePan show the impact on both the supply and distribution of gold caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The fragility of these systems shows the need for new ways of supplying gold to the global economy.

2nd July 2020

"$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste" -The Guardian

The Guardian has reported that least 10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a UN report.

15th June 2020

Mint's technology is 'unlike anything else in the mining sector' - Mining Technology

Mint's unique technology is explored in a round up of some of the innovative approaches to tackling metal extraction waste.

15th June 2020

Mint's technology is 'unlike anything else in the mining sector' - Mining Technology

Mint's unique technology is explored in a round up of some of the innovative approaches to tackling metal extraction waste.

May 03, 2020

"A New Zealand Startup is Using Microbes to Suck Solid Gold Out of E-Waste" - OneZero

Technology blog OneZero explores Mint's technology and how we use microbes to get gold from e-waste.

April 18, 2020

Mint's partner Remarkit and the Nelson Environment Centre in the news

Mint's partnerships in New Zealand are beginning to bear fruit. Thanks for all the hard work Nelson Environment Centre, we'll hopefully be able to turn it into gold shortly!

April 02, 2020

Making the most of working from home

Like many parts of the world, Mint's home city is currently in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our scientists & engineers are now busy at their new home offices, translating findings from our pre-commercial plant into a commercial design. And as a further fillip, Mint has been nominated as a finalist in this year's NZ Hi-Tech Awards. Now to see how those cocktail dresses and tuxedos look on Zoom!

December 12, 2019

Our first gold!

Mint's team have been busy putting the pre-commercial plant through its paces over the past few months, and we're pleased to announce we've now got something shiny for our efforts - gold! A great way to end the year, and we'll be pushing on in 2020.

September 22, 2019

Pre-commercial plant commissioning complete

Mint has finished installing and testing equipment for our pre-commercial plant, so it's time to see how it all performs. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into getting this build completed, so a moment for our team to savour.

July 02, 2019

Party time!

Before we get into the commissioning phase of our pre-commercial plant, Mint thought it'd be great to celebrate the build progress to date. We're holding an open evening for family, friends & investors to visit our plant and hear more about what we're up to.

May 21, 2019

Pre-commercial plant reactors in place

Mint's new labs are operational, and our pre-commercial plant is starting to take shape. Very excited to have our reactor tanks and agitators installed. The team is working hard to get everything else in place so we can move into the commissioning phase.

March 13, 2019

Breaking new ground... and walls... again!

Mint has begun (de)construction of a pre-commercial facility in Auckland. This plant will function as a proving ground for Mint's world-first electronic waste metal recovery technology at a large scale. Operations will commence once all equipment is commissioned (and our walls are back in one piece...).

December 10, 2018

Series A funding of $5 million to progress e-waste tech

Mint has successfully closed its NZ$5 million Series A capital raise, enabling Mint to further scale its electronic waste metal recovery technology. With an eye to commercial operations in 2020, this investment round was lead by Movac, with existing investors following strongly on their 2017 seed round contributions.

November 04, 2018

Mint highly commended at the IChemE Global Awards 2018

At the recent IChemE Global Awards 2018, Mint was highly commended in the Business Start-Up category, validating the impact of our world-first technology. Mint would like to congratulate all the award winners for their respective achievements. 

October 02, 2018

Mint a finalist in not one but two categories of the IChemE Global Awards 2018

Mint is a finalist in both the Biotechnology and Business Start-Up categories in the prestigious IChemE Global Awards 2018. We look forward to the award announcements in November!

July 23, 2018

Mint's pioneering technology in the news

TVNZ One News has showcased Mint's world-first biometallurgy technology. This snippet demonstrates the results of Mint's metal scavenging microbes that selectively concentrate gold from dilute feedstocks. Mint's pioneering process is scalable, environmentally friendly and contributes to the circular economy. 

June 07, 2018

Partner mentioned in the New Zealand Honours list

Di Daniels, Social Responsibility Manager at our partner Remarkit, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for empowering the community through her "Computers in Homes" programme. Remarkit backed this programme for IT literacy by refurbishing donated IT equipment.

June 04, 2018

NZ Government grant for Mint

Mint Innovation has been awarded a grant from the New Zealand government, which will enable an investigation into the use of Mint's biometallurgical technology within a New Zealand context. This grant reflects the search for local solutions to help divert e-waste away from landfill. 

April 08, 2018

In the Press

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing has published an article outlining Mint's cleantech technology. The article details the issues that New Zealand faces with electronic waste, and how Mint will help to alleviate this issue with its biometallurgical solution. 

February 08, 2018

Teaming up with Remarkit

Mint have partnered with Remarkit, a leading electronic waste recycler in New Zealand, to build a plant to demonstrate Mint's biometallurgy technology at a practical scale. Valuable metal will be recovered from up to 200 tonnes of scrap printed circuit boards per year.

January 21, 2018

Mint's Australian connection

One of our science advisors, newly-minted Prof Frank Reith at the University of Adelaide, has been making headlines for his recent work in geomicrobiology. We're grateful for his continued advice!

September 07, 2017

Pilot plant undergoing trials

Mint's pilot plant is largely complete, and our biometallurgical process is undergoing its first set of scaled-up trials to recover precious metals from electronic waste.

June 01, 2017

Ground broken on Mint's pilot plant

The Mint team has begun building a pilot plant at their Parnell facility. Their first target feedstock is electronic waste, with precious metals being recovered via Mint's biometallurgical process.

March 16, 2017

Mint closes out its seed round

Mint has recently completed its seed round capital raise. This investment will be used to build and optimise a pilot plant to recover precious metals from electronic waste.

October 31, 2016

Proof-of-concept completed for e-waste to gold

Mint has successfully concluded its proof-of-concept work on recovering gold from electronic waste. Provisional patents have been filed to cover the biometallurgy processes developed.

July 31, 2016

Mint Innovation secures pre-seed funding

Mint Innovation, a biometallurgy solutions company, receives pre-seed funding to conduct proof of concept work in its Auckland laboratories.

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