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Driving innovation and global competitive advantage for Australia’s METS sector

Aurecon CEO Giam Swiegers

Giam Swiegers, Aurecon's CEO

03 May 2016 - Aurecon’s CEO Giam Swiegers met METS Ignited Chair Elizabeth Lewis-Gray yesterday to help inform a plan that will accelerate the productivity and competitiveness of Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

Anthony Richardson, Aurecon’s Global Market Director – Resources, said “Australia has been the driver of innovation in this sector and growing global exports of our products and services will be key to supporting the sector’s recovery after the recent mining downturn.”

“Because Australia’s growth happened so fast, much of our innovation has not yet been integrated within operations. There is enormous opportunity for improved productivity that will come by creating more uniformity and focusing on new processes, services and products that we can share with the world.”

Throughout April and May, together with Austmine, METS Ignited is engaging with industry to discuss key drivers that will impact the sector, such as accelerating the innovation cycle, and develop an industry-led Sector Competitiveness Plan.

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, METS Ignited’s Chair, said “Our sector engagement process is identifying a number of immediate areas to be addressed. One of those gaps is the lack of pilot facilities for researchers and METS companies to trial and prove their product, and the value-add it will bring to mining productivity.”

“METS Ignited will be working on the scope of living labs over the next six months such as virtual or pilot mines where METS companies can showcase their capabilities and innovation to miners, and close the chasm in commercialising innovation.”

The plan will identify challenges and opportunities facing the industry and will outline strategies to accelerate the productivity and competitiveness of the METS sector. It will focus on key themes of collaboration and commercialisation, access to global supply chains, and skills and workforce development.

About METS Ignited

METS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, industry-led Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector with a mission to strengthen Australia’s position as a global hub for mining innovation, and, enhance the global competitive advantage of the Australian METS industry.

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