Sunday, 20 October 2019
Brisbane End of Year Networking Event Brisbane End of Year Networking Event

Brisbane End of Year Networking Event

27/11/2019 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Austmine 30 Year Anniversary Dinner Austmine 30 Year Anniversary Dinner

Austmine 30 Year Anniversary Dinner

21/11/2019 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Sydney End of Year Networking Event Sydney End of Year Networking Event

Sydney End of Year Networking Event

12/11/2019 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Meet the Miners at IMARC 2019 - EVENT FULL Meet the Miners at IMARC 2019 - EVENT FULL

Meet the Miners at IMARC 2019 - EVENT FULL

30/10/2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Austmine VIP Drinks at IMARC Austmine VIP Drinks at IMARC

Austmine VIP Drinks at IMARC

29/10/2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)

International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)

28/10/2019 8:00 AM - 31/10/2019 5:00 PM
Contractors Panel Smart Mining Networking Event Contractors Panel Smart Mining Networking Event

Contractors Panel Smart Mining Networking Event

23/10/2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Unearthed Cape Town Results!

Over 60 innovators and entrepreneurs participated in Unearthed Cape Town, their first international hackathon with challenges and data from Anglo American and De Beers. 16 teams presented on the final night at Workshop17 with judges selecting three solutions that stood out from a wide range of concepts and ideas.

Congratulations to the Winners

Congratulations to the winners: Pieter Holtzhausen and...
  • Largest producer of fine copper in the world, with over 1/3 of global production
  • Over 100 million tonnes of fine copper is estimated in reserves in Chile, representing 30% of global reserves
  • Currently contribute more than 50% of the world’s lithium
  • US$104 billion investment pipeline for mining projects by 2021

South America is a very popular destination...

Curtin University is looking for a collaboration partner to help develop a 10tph proof-of-concept magnetic field ore sorter over the next 24-36 months. 

Magnetic Field Sorting (MFS) technology focuses on the development of a high-throughput ore sorter for granular materials, such as iron, copper and base metal ores, and is based on the differential magnetic response of the individual ore particles.  The functional principle...

BUSINESSNEWS hosted the fourteenth Annual Gala Dinner, announcing all winners of the 2016 40 Under 40 Awards last week, among them MICROMINE’s General Manager, Claire Tuder.

Established in 2002 by BUSINESSNEWS, the 40under40 Awards programme is designed to recognise and celebrate Western Australia's 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40. Nominees are judged...

India has continued to develop as an exciting export destination for Australian Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies, with productivity lags in mining procedures creating a demand for modern technology and processes. According to Austmine’s 2015 industry survey

Economic Background and Outlook:

Iran has undergone a turbulent time within the International community in recent years. Sanctions imposed upon Iran have isolated it from trade and investment with the western world and contributed to social instability and domestic unemployment and inflation. It is estimated that Iran lost $17.1 billion in export revenue from 2012 to 2014 and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stagnated to a complete...

The World Coal Association (WCA) last week announced the publication of the new flagship report “The Power of High Efficiency Coal”. The report demonstrates the impact deploying high efficiency low emission (HELE) coal technologies has on delivering affordable energy while reducing CO2 emissions.

Significant findings from the report include:

  • HELE coal-fired power generation mitigates more CO2 emissions than...

Written by Peter Seligman, Managing Director of SRO Technology

The issues facing Australia's extractive industry comes down to supply and demand; the delicate balance between “willingness to pay” and “cost to serve”. All the reflection and historical analysis in the world isn't going to fix the problem. METS businesses are well aware of this...

The Bowen Basin Mining Club and Industry Groups across Queensland have formed a collaboration to produce a fact sheet to combat the misinformation surrounding the opening of the Galilee Basin and the Carmichael mine, port and rail project. 

This fact sheet provides the answers to many common questions surrounding the project, and was distributed at a recent industry luncheon.  It also includes...

Although 2016 seems to be becoming a year of cautious optimism in the mining industry, miners are remaining focused on improving their operational efficiencies where ever possible. Austmine caught up with John Battista, General Manager of Minemax to...

The PACE Supply Chain Development program is a program delivered by RESA and Austmine for the SA Government. It will Develop businesses by leading them on a development pathway which provides them with the tools needed to enter the Australian resources industry supply chain and Extend into Global Supply Chains.

Austmine is delivering the Extend part of this exciting...

The image to the right shows Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chair, METS Ignited and Alexander Kachellek, Chair, Austmine, signing the agreement.

The Australian METS sector has been strengthened by the signing of a collaboration agreement between the two key organisations committed to improving the competitive positioning of the Australian mining equipment, technology and services (METS)...

Over 60% of Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies already supply into the oil and gas sector, with 37% of all METS viewing it as the most important growth sector for them during the tougher times mining companies are facing. PwC have just released their New Energy Futures report, which examines the transformation...

The NSW Mining Industry & Suppliers Conference kicks off tonight with the NSW Mining Awards Dinner at Parliament House. The conference will host a number of esteemed speakers from government, miners, METS and advisories who will provide an overview of the outlook of the sector and assess the challenges and opportunities ahead. Austmine are proud to...

Austmine has recently coordinated overseas mining missions to Russia and Chile, led by our Chief Operating Officer, Robert Trzebski. In the current mining industry climate, it is important for Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies to make themselves aware of international opportunities that can expand or support their business. Austmine has worked hard to identify these opportunities for our members, visiting mine sites and organising executive...

Last Wednesday, Austmine hosted our quarterly innovation and collaboration webinar, bringing together the brightest minds from leading Australian METS to discuss the topic of ‘Innovation vs. Reinvention.’ This webinar sought to unpack what is needed from innovation and how we can better harness ideas to ensure that the mining and METS sector remains competitive and sustainable into the future. Our expert panel gave their perspectives on how the industry can create, commercialise and...

Written by Megan Edwards, Head of Membership Services, Austmine

If you have been working in the mining industry for more than a couple of years, chances are you have a great network of contacts. However, surprisingly few Australian small and medium sized METS leverage this network of contacts in a regular, reliable and commercial way to increase awareness of their business, or sales.

Whether you’re working off excel for...

It is clear some mining companies, wary of added costs and lengthened schedules, are willing to forego comprehensive geotechnical work during the mine design process. This risks the loss of ore reserves through poor ground conditions and ore sterilization; schedule disruptions, equipment damage and personnel injury due to rock falls; dilution of grades due to overbreak; and increased mining costs through unanticipated rock conditions.

In many cases, the...

As the industry remains sluggish mid-way through 2016, optimising operations and reducing costs continues to be at the forefront of the focus of mining companies. Correct planning of process plant design can improve the bottom line of mining companies and can negate maintenance and safety issues further down the track. Austmine caught up with Byron Burridge, Managing Director, Mechvac...

The following article is an extract of a technical paper that was presented by the authors at the Perumin conference in September 2015 and at an AusIMM technical session in July 2015. Not all results and discussion are presented below.

The aim of an in-fill drilling programme is to improve geological understanding and support the upgrading of lower-confidence Inferred Mineral Resources to the higher-confidence categories of Indicated and...


In the late 1970s to early 1980s Ordinary Kriging (OK) became the block grade estimation method of choice. This was mainly due to it being an unbiased estimation method that attempts to minimize the extension (estimation) variance of the estimate. Since its inception the way resource modellers use OK has evolved, with increased user experience and...

Despite the challenges that the mining industry faces in 2016 and in the foreseeable future, Canada poses a remarkable opportunity for Australian METS companies to expand their businesses. Mining contributed US$57 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2014, whilst the value of mineral production was US$44.7 billion. Canada ranks in the top five countries in the global production of 14 major minerals and metals, including gold, nickel, salt, diamonds, potash and cobalt. Mining is at the...

Cost minimisation and productivity improvements continue to be key focus areas as miners strive to navigate the industry downturn. A strategy that has emerged from this is adopting practices from other industries to search for efficiency gains and business improvement. Lean processes have been successfully implemented to eliminate waste in industries such as motor vehicles and consumables, and they are now receiving more attention in the mining & METS sector. Austmine caught...

After a very successful inaugural round, Austmine is pleased to announce that our Innovation Mentoring Program will return in September 2016. This program is unique, being the only mentoring program for individuals dedicated exclusively to the METS sector. 

Innovation is critical to the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) industry and will secure the sustainable future of mining. There is a need to...


Working on un-validated, inaccurate mine production data is a challenge that faces all mine managers, engineers and geologists. Spreadsheets have been the weapon of choice for most organisations, as it feels that they offer the most flexibility, but as everyone knows, they come with their own issues:

  • Prone to broken...

Resource Industry Network has joined with Austmine in a collaborative agreement to further each organisation’s support of the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector in the Mackay region.

Resource Industry Network Chair Tony Caruso said the reciprocal arrangement was designed to strengthen cooperation between the two organisations with a demonstrated interest in the sustainable development of the METS sector in Queensland.


With the mining sector under continuing pressure to increase efficiency and lower costs, much of this responsibility is passed onto the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies. Austmine decided to catch up with Dave Shellhammer, CEO of the Driconeq Group, to get his insights from a global company’s perspective on some of the biggest challenges the sector faces and how critical...

During times of intense industry disruption, the ability to innovate – to evolve, adapt, and improve – is crucial. 

Authored by Deloitte partners David Cormack and Nicki Ivory, Innovation in Mining: Australia 2016 report is the third of a global series including Canada and Africa. 

The report was developed through intensive interviews and surveys of Australia’s major, junior and service-providing mining companies, which were...

Best maintenance practices to give best metallurgical performance in flotation:

This is often an underestimated topic when concentrating on a plants metallurgical performance.

This webinar concentrates on the importance of maintaining flotation machines and why it should concern metallurgist and operators and not just the maintenance personnel. You will see some examples of...

Exponor is an exhibition of global technology and innovation for the mining industry that takes place every two years in Antofagasta, Chile. It is a comprehensive showcase of the products, services, innovations, advances and improvements offered by mining and industrial suppliers to the global market. Exponor brings together the latest breakthroughs in the mining sector, and offers the chance to gain inside knowledge on future investments and expert viewpoints, as well as making...

  • 38 of Australia’s leading technology companies short listed into the Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) Business Accelerator
  • Exceptional quality of entrants taking world leading innovation to global markets
  • Industry leading innovators in the sectors of energy, manufacturing, food & agritech, mining, medtech & pharma, cyber security and smart...

In the current industry environment, Australian METS are facing considerable pressures to decrease costs but ensure the same or better quality of product. However, there are signs that the sector is beginning to pick-up, with increasingly optimistic language from senior mining leaders. Austmine recently caught up with Gillis Broinowski, Chairman, Texo Australasia to understand what operational procedures and strategies can lead to success in the current...

Disruptive innovations have changed the traditional operations in each stage of the mining value chain and have required individuals from all disciplines to develop skills and capabilities that were previously irrelevant in mining. It is undisputed that the future of mining will be high-tech and digitised, and indeed, this is already upon us with the increased use of automation, data management, integrated operations, faster mine planning and simulation software and...

Australian owned and run 3rd generation family business Worldpoly is amongst 38 of Australia’s leading technology companies short listed into the Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) for 2016.

The company’s PolyForce high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) welding technology was nominated for both the Energy Resources Award & Mining Technologies Award, and this is the first time the business has been involved with the ATC awards.

The Australian Made...

Worldpoly has recently been shortlisted in the Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) in 2016, nominated for both the Energy Resources Award and the Mining Technologies Award for their PolyForce high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) welding equipment. Austmine recently caught up with Worldpoly’s Managing Director, Rob Hall, to discuss this Australian manufacturing...

Austmine interviewed Bede Boyle following Coaltrans Australia Conference in Sydney on 25&26 August 2016, on Business Opportunities for Australian METS Firms.

Chairman of Manufacturship Group, Bede Boyle has been involved with the Australian Coal Industry and METS sector over four decades and is a Director of Coal Ventures Limited.

Austmine Q: The...


[2 September 2016] – West Perth-based Optika Solutions was awarded the 2016 National Innovation of the Year Award at this year’s The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)  iAWARDS presentation ceremony for their world-leading data analytics platform, Akumen.     Akumen was also category winner for the Big Data Innovation of the Year.

The iAwards are Australia’s leading awards...


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«October 2019»
2/10/2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Austmine Networking Breakfast with SLN - EVENT FULL

Location: Interlate Office, 1/143 Coronation Drive, Milton QLD, Australia

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3/10/2019 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Adelaide Mining Innovation Roadshow

Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide, 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA, Australia

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15/10/2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

South32 Smart Mining Networking Event

Location: Ocean Room Level 2 Central Building, Innovation Campus Wollongong Squires Way, North Wollongong

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17/10/2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Rio Tinto Smart Mining Networking Event

Location: Pullman King George Square, Corner Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane

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23/10/2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Contractors Panel Smart Mining Networking Event

Location: Mercure Perth, Irwin Street, Perth WA, Australia

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28/10/2019 8:00 AM - 31/10/2019 5:00 PM

International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)

Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC, Australia

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