ProChile at IMARCThe Trade Commission of Chile, ProChile showcased their latest projects and innovations at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne this week.

Australia is at the top of ProChile’s list for promoting the Chilean Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector in key international markets.

Emphasising the importance Chile is placing on the Australian market, Chile’s IMARC delegation included four members of the Chilean Parliament including the Vice President of the Chamber The Hon Mr Mario Venegas, Chile’s Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Mr Patricio Powell, Consul-General of Melbourne, Mr Felipe Cousiño, and Trade Commissioner of Chile to Australia, Ms Paula Moreno.

Chile’s Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Mr Patricio Powell, said the mining space is one of deep integration between Chile and Australia and that ProChile’s attendance at IMARC has strengthened these relationships.

“The relationship between Australia and Chile within mining is characterised by robust investments, dynamic interaction in human capacity and well-deserved mutual knowledge and trust,” Mr Powell said.

This is fertile ground for expansion and for the incorporation of innovation in areas such as sustainable mining and METS, where both countries are already collaborating. It has been fantastic to witness many new collaborations forming during IMARC, with up to 50 bilateral meetings between Chilean and Australian companies taking place.

“It is important to underscore the role the state of Victoria and the City of Melbourne are playing as a world centre for mining and the continued attention that Latin American and particularly the Chilean mining industry merit in the context of this significant event.”

The delegation also included ProChile’s Head of Mining Department, Mr Alfredo Azancot, as well as representatives of 7 Chilean mining supplier’s companies, – Bailac, Core Mining Studies, Ferrer Architects, Hidromec-Novamine, Imel (Metallurgical Industry), Pares & Alvarez, and Tectramin Chile.

Chile’s Trade Commissioner to Australia, Paula Moreno, said the mining sector is one of the pillars of the Chilean economy.

“Chile is the world’s largest copper producing countries, however, in 2017, 86 percent of our export to Australia were non-copper related, highlighting the importance of our goods and services, including the offer of mining suppliers,” Ms Moreno said.

“Australia is one of four strategic markets ProChile is targeting which also includes Canada, Mexico, and Peru. We have established business development managers in each country to foster business to business opportunities for Chile’s mining suppliers.”

Ms Moreno said that Chilean companies not only have strong relationships with the global mining and METS sector they are used to operating in similar conditions to those found in Australia.

“This puts Chilean mining services companies in a perfect position to provide products and services suited to Australian conditions.”

IMARC is the second major Australian event of ProChile’s Program of International Promotion of Mining Suppliers, following ProChile’s successful return in July 2018 after six years to the Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) 2018 in Mackay.

The International Mining and Resources Conference is Australia’s largest mining event. Bringing together over 6,000 decision makers, mining leaders, policy makers, investors, commodity buyers, technical experts, innovators and educators from over 90 countries for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking. IMARC will run from 29 October to 1 November 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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