ATN forum to explore new ideas in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector

8 October 2015

MiningThe Australian Technology Network (ATN) will today gather industry experts, key university leaders and researchers at a joint forum on enhancing collaborative research outcomes in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

The forum is the last instalment of a series of four events commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry focusing on key sectors of national importance including Financial Services, Food and Agribusiness, Advanced Manufacturing and Mining, Equipment and Technology Services.

“The METS industry is critical to the Australian economy, and are significant exporters of services and technology products, worth approximately $15 billion per annum,” ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh says.

“METS companies generate three per cent of gross value added as a percentage of the Australian economy,

but as minerals prices plunge the sector faces some major challenges. It is important that we work collaboratively with industry, researchers and government to inform and explore new ideas in the sector.”

Held at Curtin University, the forum will feature a keynote address by the Industry Growth Centre Chair for METS, Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, showcase research discoveries by ATN researchers, and include an interactive session facilitated by Professor Göran Roos.

The forum brings together leaders in the global mining research and innovation sector from organisations specialising in minerals and metals processing technology, exploration drilling and seismic services.

“Participants will examine technology game-changers that will drive innovation, and discuss approaches to bridging the gap between industry and research outcomes,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

With 70% of our research income coming from industry over the past five years, the ATN understands the importance of university and industry collaboration.

“The ATN have long been committed to bridging the university-industry gap. These forums will be used to generate industry-specific actions and policy recommendations to ensure Australia remains competitive in these sectors.”

More information on the ATN Industry and Collaboration forums can be found at


Media contact: Renee Hindmarsh Mobile: 0416 265 038