Australian ground support services company Minova International and India-based manufacturing start-up Runaya Metsource have formed a joint-venture to bring cutting-edge technology solutions to Indian and international mining and infrastructure sectors.
The joint venture (JV), Minova Runaya will combine Minova’s technical expertise and global
reach with Runaya’s project and manufacturing capabilities, to manufacture and supply ground support products that will deliver transformational enhancements in safety standards across mining, infrastructure and tunnelling applications.
Minova Runaya is currently constructing a facility at Bhilwara in Rajasthan that will manufacture products including rock bolts, resin capsules, injection chemicals, wire mesh and high-quality ventilation systems.
Production is slated to commence in January 2021, with the facility catering to both Indian and global markets. The plant will have the capacity to generate over INR 450 crore of revenue and will provide direct and indirect employment for more than 2000 people.
Minova is a wholly owned division of Orica, the global leader in mining support systems and explosives with revenues of $6 billion.
Runaya is a fast-growing manufacturing start-up that leverages alliances with global industry leaders in their ventures, to set up pioneering projects in India.
Led by young entrepreneurs (Vedanta next-gen), who are ably supported by experienced industry veterans, Runaya’s portfolio comprises projects based on highly innovative processes and advanced technologies.
Minova Runaya chairman and Runaya Metsource chief executive officer Naivedya Agarwal said, “Runaya’s strategy is to develop businesses focusing broadly on material sciences, and manufacture products with high technology applications through alliances and partnerships with global leaders.
“We are looking forward to bringing transformational enhancements in safety standards and operational efficiency, by leveraging our technologyenabled solutions.
“The facility in Bhilwara, concurrent with the Government of India’s vision of ‘make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, will provide products and services which were thus far unavailable in the country and had to be imported.”
Minova International president Hugh Pelham added, “For Minova, this joint venture is a key step in the execution of our global growth strategy.
“Our aim is that this plant will not just cater to Indian demand with locally manufactured products, but also enable us to supply our ground support products to other key global
markets from this newly established location.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Runaya to meet the strong demand for our innovative market-leading products. Our world class portfolio of ground support and specialist structural solutions will help customers protect their people by preventing ground collapse and stabilising or repairing structures.”