Australian companies chosen for METStech Passport exchange program to Chile

Three Australian mining equipment companies are to embark on a two-week immersive course in Chile as part of government-funded body METS Ignited’s METStech Passport program.

The METStech Passport program allows for Australian and Chilean scale-up companies the chance to visit each other’s countries.

The three mining equipment, technology and services (METS)-focused companies chosen to go on the course are Perth-based Minnovare and Conveyor Products and Solutions, and Newcastle-based Matrix Materials.

Minnovare is known for its Production Optimiser drill and blast system for underground hard rock mining, CPS for its conveyor components, and Matrix for sustainable development in the transport industry.

The course is a joint initiative between three bodies: METS Ignited, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, and Expande, Fundacion Chile’s open innovation program.

The course will allow these companies the opportunity to show their wares to the Chilean mining industry when they fly out to the South American country — incidentally the world’s largest copper producer and second-largest lithium producer — in October.

“Access to this mining heavyweight will enable Australian METS companies — already seen as global leaders in Chile on price, technology and productivity — a pathway for market expansion and collaboration,” said METS Ignited chief executive officer Ric Gros.

METStech Passport project leader Patricio Pastorelli added that the program had great potential.

“Expande has seen a great potential for synergy between both METS ecosystem and the Passport program aims to ignite a relationship based on collaboration that actively contribute to the development of a global mining innovation hub between Australia and Chile,” he said.

The course will finish upon the companies’ return to Australia at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne on November 1.