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WA Government and Austmine launch digital mining export hub

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Minister Johnston launches Austmine’s WA Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Digital Mining Export Hub in Port Hedland. The State Government committed $400,000 to establish the new initiative.

The Hub to provide services in Port Hedland, Karratha, Newman, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today officially launched the inaugural Austmine WA METS Digital Mining Export Hub in Port Hedland, putting Western Australia’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector in the spotlight.

The virtual hub will enable the State to build export capacity, knowledge and opportunities between regional, remote and metropolitan small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The launch featured the first of a series of outreach activities designed to engage with the 1,700 METS businesses throughout the State. This includes mapping the SMEs’ METS capabilities in WA, developing an Austmine export strategy, capability-development programs and promoting WA METS to the world.

The virtual hub aims to initially provide services in Port Hedland, Karratha, Newman, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury. METS businesses are a vital part of the resource sector supply chain, and contributed an estimated $27 billion to the WA economy in 2018-19.

The WA Government has committed $350,000 and in-kind support worth $50,000, through Invest and Trade WA, to establish this initiative.

“Today’s launch of Austmine’s WA METS Digital Mining Export Hub is groundbreaking for the local METS sector, and a fantastic result for Western Australia. Western Australia’s mining technology is world-leading, and the hub will enable these local companies to provide their services across the globe.” Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said.

“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.”Minister Bill said.

“This is an exciting announcement for mining, equipment, technology and services companies in the Pilbara region. There’s no better time than now to identify new export opportunities for the sector, and use Western Australia’s digital capability to strengthen our economy.” Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said.

Source: Office of the Government of Western Australia

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