Queensland companies ranging from training providers to geotechnical experts joined a trade mission to India in November to promote Queensland’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) expertise.

The mission was led by TIQ in conjunction with Simtars, the Queensland Government’s Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station.

The mission travelled first to Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, where they attended the ‘Challenges 2020 and Beyond’ mini-summit, along with more than 40 decision-makers from Indian governments and mining companies.

The summit discussed challenges facing mining companies in India and Queensland, and ways to overcome them.

The seminar was followed by high-level talks with leaders at India’s National Mineral Development Corporation and Singareni Collieries Company Limited.

The delegation then attended the International Mining Equipment, Minerals and Metals Exhibition (IME) in Kolkata, where more than 400 exhibitors from more than 25 countries showcased their expertise in mining machinery, technology, processing and research.

Queensland was represented by 12 companies, which made up 75% of Australia’s presence at the event.

The exhibition gave delegates the opportunity to meet with major mining companies and supply-chain providers at the Queensland Government booth hosted by TIQ and Simtars, and discuss collaboration opportunities directly with Indian companies showcasing at the event.

The booth showcased Queensland’s world-leading METS capabilities, including virtual-reality training initiatives.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for India Gitesh Agarwal said Queensland’s experienced METS providers had much to contribute to India’s mining sector.

‘The mission demonstrated Queensland’s commitment to making a difference to India’s changing mining sector,’ Mr Agarwal said.

‘India needs Queensland’s expertise in areas such as exploration and processing, mine planning, geotechnical, safety, underground mining, education and training, and environmental management.

‘It was an excellent learning experience for everyone involved, and we’re expecting 3–4 outcomes for the various companies at the event.’

Post-mission visits included the Indian Institute of Coal Management in Ranchi and the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Delhi to discuss upcoming training programs in Australia.

Simtars staff also took the opportunity to meet with the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, where they discussed a spontaneous combustion laboratory and 360-degree virtual-reality training environment being installed there.

TIQ has been hosting India-related inbound visits for the past 18 months, and is actively working on other METS trade opportunities for Queensland businesses in India, including opportunities for fuel-saving power units, geotechnical monitoring, dust suppression, conveyor technologies and more.

In November 2018, the Queensland Government released the Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023, which aims to deliver a $1.5 billion trade boost to the state’s economy and make it easier for Queenslanders to do business in India.

The Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy is the first country-specific trade and investment strategy developed as part of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Companies participating in the mission