Victorian METS Export Hub to Drive Regional Growth
Austmine has been successful in its application to establish a Victorian METS Export Hub to accelerate export market entry of Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies through capability development and linkages with international growth opportunities.
The Victorian METS Export Hub (the Hub) is being funded under the Federal Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs initiative. It is also being established in partnership with the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions which is contributing funding.
A key priority for the Hub will be to improve the competitive positioning of regional SMEs on a global scale. It will operate across five regions of mining expertise in Ballarat, Bendigo, Stawell, the La Trobe Valley and Geelong. These regions will be linked with support and resources in metropolitan centres and international nodes.
Speaking about the announcement, Austmine’s CEO Christine Gibbs Stewart said, “We are thrilled to announce the launch of the first dedicated METS Export Hub in Victoria.”
“The Hub will strengthen the competitive positioning of the sector and create export-focussed METS companies through building capabilities to address emerging needs of customers, facilitating knowledge sharing within a strong METS cohort and providing the skills needed to export.”
“The Victorian METS sector is home to world-leading innovations and technology in areas such as advanced manufacturing, underground mine development and operations, minerals processing, mine rehabilitation and remediation, and more.”
“Through our Hub, Victorian METS will be linked with customers around the globe who are seeking solutions in these areas.”
Austmine will work closely with State and Federal Government partners on this project, and the Hub will offer a referral point to exporter training, business management programs and additional funding. This will ensure SMEs can access critical support to develop export capabilities and create a platform for sustainable business growth.
Gibbs Stewart added, “The Hub would not be possible without the support of the Federal Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. We look forward to getting work underway with our project partners.”
Operations will commence on the Hub in June 2020, with services scheduled to begin in July.
The Hub’s services will be rolled out across three stages to build a solid platform from which export outcomes can be generated, beginning with connecting SMEs into the Hub and progressing to focus on capability development and links with international opportunities.
For more information about the Federal Government’s SME Export Hub program see this joint press release from The Hon Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, and The Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
To express your interest in receiving more information or participating in the Hub, contact Austmine.
Austmine is the leading not-for-profit industry association for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector with over 600 members nationally. The partnership will contribute to Austmine’s goal of ensuring the Australian METS sector is a global innovation leader. For more information see www.austmine.com.au.