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Austmine 2019 Awards Winners Announced!
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Austmine 2019 Awards Winners Announced!

On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, the Austmine Industry Leaders' Dinner and Awards evening took place in Brisbane, QLD. Welcoming over 750 attendees, the audience came together to celebrate METS and mining companies' export and innovation successes. 

Austmine is delighted to announce our 2019 award winners:

Craig Senger Excellence in Export 
Sponsored by Austrade

Winner: Metallurgical Systems

Photo shows L to R : Stephanie Fahey, CEO, Austrade; John Vagenas, CEO and Founder, Metallurgical Systems; Joan Senger

Founded in 2010 and 100% Australian owned, Metallurgical Systems is a world-leading technology company with a specific focus on improving outcomes for minerals processing plants.  Their software is unrivalled globally, and they have installed their software in 7 countries, across 4 continents and in 3 different languages.

The judges said of Metallurgical Systems that they are innovative and pioneering, with an impressive export strategy and achieving overwhelming success in export markets. Their collaboration with overseas miners is outstanding, and they are a very deserving winner of the 2019 Craig Senger Excellence in Export Award.


Austmine Miners Innovation Award
Sponsored by Dingo Mining

Winner: PanAust – Diesel Fuel Backloading System

Photo shows L to R: Paul Higgins, Executive Chairman, Dingo Mining; Murray Phipps, Logistics and Supply Chain Manager; Geoff Kernick, GM Commercial, PanAust Asia

The PanAust commercial team designed and built 18 half-height 20 feet fuel tanks to backload diesel fuel from a local vendor to its Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation. The backloading of diesel fuel has removed 8-10 contractor fuel tankers from the mine site route on a daily basis and ensures 100% utilisation of the associated trucks.  This unique transport model demonstrates miner-driven innovation and a smarter way of operating.

The judges selected PanAust’s diesel fuel backloading system as a true example of miner conceived and driven innovation. The project took considerable effort, delivering significant environmental, cost and efficiency benefits to the operation, whilst increasing gender diversity in the logistics teams. 

Austmine METS Innovation Award
Sponsored by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Winner: Orica

Photo shows L to R: Dawn Goosen, GM Innovation and Initiation System Development and Todd Peate, VP, Australia Pacific, Orica; Nina Verdon, Assistant Manager, Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS), Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

WebGen™ 100 wireless electronic blasting system is the world's first wireless through earth electronic blasting system. WebGen™ 100 has demonstrated that it will reduce the exposure of people in higher risk environments, delivers significant productivity gains and increases reliability with less misfires, production delays and eliminating the need to re-drill.

 The judges noted that Orica is a very worthy winner, with their WebGen technology being a gamechanger. Their technology represents not only a technological breakthrough, but also a step-change in safety and productivity for the industry.


Austmine Champion of Innovation Award
Sponsored by Hitachi

Winner: Steve Durkin, Managing Director, Safescape

Photo shows L to R:  Nathan McGregor, VP APAC – Data & Analytics, Hitachi Vantara; Steve Durkin, Managing Director, Safescape

Steve Durkin is the owner, Founder and key driver of Safescape. Holding a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and started his company in 2009. Steve’s innovative mind and deep passion for mining played a large part in the development of Safescape’s Laddertube.  Throughout Steve’s career, he has continually challenged the status quo focusing on innovative inventions to improve safety in the METS industry.

The judges congratulated Steve on being more than deserving of the title of Champion of Innovation. Steve has embraced and inspired innovation across his career, both within his own world-leading company, Safescape, and also within others he has partnered with and mentored. He is a proven, long-term innovator, with impressive commercial success with his innovations.

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