Imaging systems provider FEI Company has acquired the mineral liberation analysis (MLA) business of technology transfer firm JKTech.

The A$5m sale will see FEI, a provider of atomic-scale imaging and analysis systems, acquire automated mineralogy technology that is used to identify minerals in polished sections of drill core, cuttings, particulate or lump materials.

FEI and JKTech have worked together for more than ten years delivering MLA solutions to several natural resource companies and universities globally.