Brisbane booming as mining innovation centre

The prospects for the mining technology services sector in Brisbane are booming, as local technology companies take out five out of the nine categories at the 2009 Lord Mayor's Business Awards Gala Dinner.

The prospects for the mining technology services sector in Brisbane are booming, as local technology companies take out five out of the nine categories at the 2009 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards Gala Dinner at Brisbane City Hall.

According to the Invest Brisbane report into the mining technology services sector, 60% of the world demand for mining software is sourced from Brisbane, while the clear majority of Queensland’s 300 mining technology service providers operate in Brisbane.

MineWare founder and chief executive officer, Andrew Jessett, was presented with The Mercedes Benz Young Business Person of the Year Award at the 2009 Gala Dinner.

The 33-year-old technology entrepreneur was recognised for his commitment to building a strong Brisbane-based business and developing Queensland as a hub for mining innovation.

Jessett independently created and commercialised an advanced dragline monitor system (Pegasys) and, since 2005, has successfully grown MineWare into a leader in mine and heavy equipment monitoring technology.

According to Jessett, Brisbane is the place to be for mining innovation.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be part of Brisbane’s rapid growth and development in mining technology, which contributes more than $1 Billion to the economy,” he said.

“As a city, we’re home to some of the world’s most innovative individuals and companies. I congratulate our Lord Mayor and Brisbane City Council for celebrating their achievements and continuing to develop our city as one where businesses, such as MineWare, can continue to flourish and thrive in today’s competitive global economy.”

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