Aiko, Mining Tag and Timining will take part in the first tech exchange program on mining between Australia and Chile

The Open Innovation Program on Mining, Expande, together with METS Ignited and with the support of the Australian High Commission for Trade and Investments (Austrade) and Fundación Chile (FCh) made known to the winners of the METStech Passport, a tech exchange program that seeks to support innovatory companies and suppliers for the mining industry based in Chile with a view to breaking into the Australian market and promoting the internationalization of their technologies.

During the program, there were a total of six companies that submitted their solutions regarding tech innovation in a Demo Day format. Of them, three were selected:  Aiko, which has developed a solution that enables fuel loading levels of mining equipment to be monitored in real time; Mining Tag, a tech firm that developed a solution for managing and controlling fleets in underground mines and Timining which offers geo-mechanical monitoring information concerning the slopes of pits by means of a management platform of geological and geotechnical information, retrieved on site.

The companies will travel to Australia next October, specifically to the mining hubs of Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne where they will have the opportunity of meeting up with their partners, customers and investors as well as take part in the largest international mining conference in Australia, IMARC, which gathers together each year more than six thousand representatives of the ecosystem from over 90 countries.

The ceremony was held with the participation of a jury of experts consisting of: Shannon Powell, Minister and Commercial Counselor from Austrade, Enrique Molina, Executive Director of Expande, María de los Ángeles Romo, Corporate Manager of Corfo, Mauro Mezzano, Partner and Co-founder of the Vantaz Group and Lorena González, Portfolio Manager of Aurus Capital.

What is more, the activity was attended by authorities from the public-private sector, such as Marcela Angulo, Technological Training Capacities Manager of Corfo, Carolina Carrasco, Senior Specialist at BID-Fomin, Jonathan Castillo, National Program Manager of High Grade Mining, Alejandro Jadresic, Chairman of FCh, Marcos Kulka; General Manager of FCh and  Andrés Pesce, Manager for New businesses and Sustainability at FCh.

With this initiative, METStech Passport seeks to open up an artery that will enable the export of tech knowhow to grow as well creating a greater cooperation between both countries, thus providing better solutions for the mining industry and international expansion.

For Shannon Powell, Minister and Trade Counselor of Austrade, “this program has enable us to connect two leading countries in mining at a global level which share similar aims, with a strong focus on innovation and technology”.

“We congratulate those selected and with great enthusiasm we invite them to take advantage of the experience and international exposure this program will provide. It is an excellent moment to strengthen our trade links and technological exchanges and we are proud of supporting this initiative”, she added.

Within this context, Enrique Molina, Executive Director of Expande stressed that “cooperation and a systematic view among the parties in the mining industry at an international level are key for the development of a more productive and competitive sector”.

On the other hand, Carolina Carrasco, Senior Specialist at BID-Fomin underscored the importance of companies taking a greater advantage of the ecosystems and the collaborative networks that existed and she assured that “in a scenario of international uncertainty it is imperative to adopt innovations that enable us to improve, on the one hand, productive and operative results such as low grades of copper, scant water resources, energy generation challenges and, on the other, relations with our neighbors within their spheres of influence”.


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