Austmine has launched a new program to support and engage mining equipment, technology and service (METS) companies in regional Western Australia.
With the global COVID-19 pandemic forcing acceleration of digitalisation in the mining industry, Austmine has created the METS Digital Mining Export Hub initiative.
This initiative was pushed to support METS businesses increase their digital mining capabilities and global competitiveness. The Western Australian Government has dedicated $400,000 to the virtual hub through Invest and Trade WA.
The virtual export hub will feature outreach activities to connect over 1700 METS businesses in different regions of Western Australia including Perth, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Newman, Karratha and Port Hedland.
The Digital Mining Export Hub was launched on Friday and is said to help build export capacity as well as opportunities and knowledge between metropolitan, remote and regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The activities included in the virtual hub will promote Western Australia’s METS sector to the world stage by mapping the METS abilities, developing Austmine’s exports strategy and providing capability development programs.
Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston commented that the new initiative is ground-breaking for the WA mining industry.
“Western Australia’s mining technology is world-leading, and the hub will enable these local companies to provide their services across the globe.
“The export hub will not only be vital in supporting the state’s recovery, post-COVID-19, but will also be a boost to jobs and our local economies,” he said.
Port Hedland, Karratha, Newman, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury will be the first areas to benefit from the Digital Mining Export Hub.
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