METS Ignited, the Industry Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, is hosting a series of free information sessions in key regional centres and capital cities across Australia in June-July on how to access its new round of collaborative project funds.

A report identifying specific areas of innovation that can grow the METS and mining sectors will be revealed at the roadshow. The report is the culmination of industry interviews and research by METS Ignited to identify the barriers for the mining industry and how innovation by the METS industry across target areas can fast track growth.

METS Ignited will also explain how $15m from the METS Ignited Project Fund can be accessed by local METS companies wanting to meet these innovation challenges. METS Ignited CEO Ric Gros said the project funding is an opportunity for companies to commercialise innovation that will benefit the Australian METS and mining sectors.

“An extensive evaluation of the mining sector by METS Ignited has identified key mining challenges that may be of use to organisations considering applying for the project funds,” said Gros. “The selection criteria for funding is wide but it is essential projects are collaborative and industry-led with clear commercialisation applications.”

Gros said projects could also reflect the Industry Knowledge Priorities in the METS Sector Competitiveness Plan or involve the establishment of living labs nodes or sandpits as part of the METS Ignited Living Labs Network.

“Finally, we are also keen to learn of any other blue sky, industry-led projects that have commercialisation applications that we have not identified,” Gros said.

METS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. The METS Ignited Project Fund is provided by the Australian Government as part of its Growth Centre initiative.

METS Collaboration Roadshow

Townsville – 20 June
Mackay – 21 June
Melbourne – 22 June
Burnie – 23 June
Adelaide – 26 June
Darwin – 28 June
Karratha – 30 June
Sydney – 4 July
Illawarra – 4 July
Newcastle – 5 July
Kalgoorlie – 10 July
Port Hedland – 11 July

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