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Western Australia is well recognised as a global innovator in the mining and METS sectors, offering a range of hardware and software products and developments for both the domestic and international markets. 

A reputation for world-leading exploration and production products

With more than 800 global and local mining and METS companies, the State has built a reputation for developing and selling world-leading exploration and production products and services across a wide range of mining and mineral processing activities. Western Australian companies have established global leadership in providing innovative software solutions. These span the entire mining cycle, from geological exploration and data management, to resource estimation, 3D mine design, planning and production control.

Perth is the headquarters for nine of Australia’s top 20 METS companies. It is also a centre of scientific and technological innovation, with global mining companies, such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, providing collaborative support and funding for research and development projects. 

It is also the global operational centre for the mining sector’s adoption of automation, remote control systems and big data analytics. It has become a global hub for the development of mining software capabilities. Its close R&D working relationship with Western Australian universities and minerals research institutions has given the METS sector a pre-eminent edge in developing and delivering mining technology across the globe.

With major trading positions in international mining jurisdictions, particularly in Africa, Central and Southern Asia, the Western Australian METS sector has the capability to service and support mineral resource sector activity from upstream evaluation, assessment and exploration through to production and mine site management. 

For more information, visit:

Department of Mines and Petroleum >
Department of State Development >
Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia > 

Mineral Research Institute of Western Australia >
Austmine >

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