Australia’s minerals industry and its mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector need to collaborate better for the sake of the nation’s future prosperity, according to Minerals Council of Australia chair Dr Vanessa Guthrie.

In an interview ahead of her presentation at next month’s Austmine 2017: Mining’s Innovation Imperative conference, she said mining and METS companies were drivers of innovation and investment, provided highly-skilled employment opportunities and generated the bulk of Australia’s export earnings.

“Mining and METS companies already work together on a daily basis to support and reinforce each other’s operational activities,” Vanessa Guthrie said.

“By collaborating and partnering at an industry level we can ensure that mining and METS continue to innovate and grow – and that, in turn, will help secure Australia’s economic prosperity into the future.”

Recent research has shown the mining and METS sectors together generated more than $236 billion in activity, or 15% of Australia’s economy, and supported more than 1.1 million jobs around the country in 2015-16.

Vanessa Guthrie said Australian living standards depended on the mining industry’s continued international competitiveness and delivering significant export earnings. “Australians depend on us being more productive and delivering our products more efficiently to market.

“Collaboration between METS companies and our resource companies is vital to maintaining our global economic position. METS companies are able to be more agile and test new ideas so resource companies can rapidly adopt them in a commercial framework.”

Vanessa Guthrie has a number of years’ experience across a host of different resource types including uranium, oil and gas, gold, and base metals, including executive positions and directorships.

She currently advocates for greater recognition of the minerals industry in the Australian economy as the chair of the Minerals Council of Australia.

Her presentation at Austmine 2017, titled Driving Innovation for Business Gain – An Industry Perspective, will discuss the importance of developing new technologies for Australia to remain competitive in a global industry, as well as increasing Australia’s reach as a net exporter of mining technologies through Australian operators overseas.

She will be speaking in the Securing our Competitive Future through Continual Innovation session alongside Rio Tinto’s Operational and Technical Support, Copper and Diamonds vice president Dr Craig Stegman presenting Innovation in the Copper Industry – Necessity and Opportunity; and Roy Hill Mine CEO Barry Fitzgerald presenting Roy Hill: Aligning Innovation with the Business.

The Austmine 2017: Mining’s Innovation Imperative conference will be held from May 22-24 at Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia. It is Australia’s premier conference for showcasing the best technological innovations in the resource industry.

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