Queensland mining services companies were given entrée to some of the world’s largest mine operators on a recent trade mission to the USA organised jointly by Austmine and TIQ.
Eight of the ten companies on the USA mining mission came from Queensland, recruited by TIQ’s Brisbane-based Mining and Resources team in conjunction with Austmine.
Mission participants were guided in their travels by staff from Austmine and TIQ North America, who accompanied them on a series of meetings across the mining states of Utah and Nevada.
TIQ’s Javier Jativa, Deputy Trade and Investment Commissioner – North America, said a key theme to emerge from the mission was that Queensland companies were well placed to find new customers and markets in the USA.
‘In Utah, we met with executives from Rio Tinto, which operates Kennecott Copper Mine, the world’s largest open-cut copper pit,’ he said.
‘We learned from our discussions with them that Kennecott could be a prime site for testing new mining technologies, especially those aimed at productivity gains.
‘These sites represent market opportunities for Queensland suppliers in a wide range of areas, including fleet safety, asset monitoring and management, resource and mine modelling, remote automation, sensors, and mine design and safety.’
Mr Jativa said Australian mining services companies were well regarded by North American operators.
‘Australian know-how is very well respected in the USA,’ he said.
‘In fact, during a roundtable with operators in Nevada, one company rep even suggested that Australian expertise was ahead of the prevailing knowledge in North America.’
The USA Mining Mission ran from 16 to 20 October. Queensland companies participating were Dingo, Insitu, iVolve, Klinge, Thiess, RPM Global, Mine Energy Solutions and Clean Oil Services.
The mission was the first formal cooperation between Austmine and TIQ in North America. It followed market research by TIQ’s Mining and Resources team identifying the USA as the export market of most interest to Queensland companies specialising in mining equipment, technology and services (METS).
METS is one of the growing export industries supported under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.
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