General Manager Technology and Steel Markets (B.Eng Met, MAusIMM, MAIST)
Paul Vermeulen is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 25 years of experience in iron ore mining, processing and steel production. Paul established Vulcan Technologies in 2007, which provides technical consulting services to iron ore majors, iron ore juniors, engineering firms and steel makers in the field of mineral beneficiation, metallurgical test work, steel plant design, decarbonisation of steel making operations, mineral resource definition and project management.
His previous operational roles include Blast Furnace Manager at Iscor South Africa (now Arcelor-Mittal), where he managed one of the largest blast furnaces in the southern hemisphere. Subsequently, Paul worked for five years at Rio Tinto Iron Ore as Principal Technical Marketing where he played a key role in developing high value iron ore products for steel mills, including the benchmark Rio Tinto ‘Pilbara Blend’.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering with post-graduate Refractory Materials specialisation from the University of Pretoria.