Köppern has a longstanding tradition of working together with high-ranking universities and research organizations. These include:
- Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany - this technical university assists Köppern in process development research for briquetting, compaction, high-pressure comminution and the wear behavior of materials
- Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany - mainly involved in wear materials research and development as well as FE calculations for machine parts
- RWTH Technical University, Aachen, Germany - assists in the field of wear testing of materials
- University of British Columbia, Canada - mainly involved in high-pressure comminution research and development.
High-pressure comminution process research is a fundamental element of process design in the mining industry. Köppern has several semi-industrial pilot plant facilities currently installed at Bergakademie Freiberg, the University of British Columbia and also at research institutions such as Ammtec in Australia, MINTEK in South Africa and TOMS in Russia.