A Queensland environmental technology company is helping mining companies around the world improve environmental performance by maximising water recovery.

Brisbane-based firm Phibion has secured a deal worth almost $3 million for the supply and support of their MudMaster machines into a mine in Bolivia.

Trade and Investment Queensland Chief Executive Officer Paul Martyn said this week that Phibion is a world leader in developing mining sector technologies and innovation.

“Phibion has introduced a remarkable technology for mining operations,” Mr Martyn said.

“With a proven record of cost savings and water recovery, Phibion very quickly has been able to capture the attention of key mining companies with operations in Latin America.”

Phibion’s MudMaster is a unique solution that rapidly reduces risk and environmental impact by maximising water recovery from mine tailings, the mud-like material that is left after separating out the valuable ore.

Phibion Managing Director David Smirk said there is enormous opportunity for the business in that region.

“What we are offering into Latin America right now is very relevant, especially in light of recent tailings dam incidents in Brazil, which we have seen can have catastrophic impacts on local communities and the environment,” Mr Smirk said.

“We have sold machines and services into Europe, Africa and North America but this year and next year our focus is very firmly on Central and Latin America.

“We are working with clients in Chile, Peru, Bolivia and have just established operations in Jamaica. We anticipate that we will be putting machines into these countries this year.”

Mr Smirk said their entry into the region had been supported by Trade and Investment Queensland, the Queensland Government’s global business agency.

“The assistance that we have received from Trade and Investment Queensland Santiago has been superb,” he said. “They have identified potential clients, made personal introductions, provided translations, and facilitated meetings at every level.”

In 2018, Phibion won the Environmental Solutions Award in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

Trade and Investment Queensland is the Queensland Government’s global business agency with an international network of offices in key markets and a domestic network servicing regional business.

More information on how Trade and Investment Queensland can assist with export or investment opportunities is available from www.tiq.qld.gov.au.


Media Contact: Greg Sweetnam, Director Corporate Communications, Trade and Investment Queensland 0447 972 744 or greg.sweetnam@tiq.qld.gov.au