• Improving productivity
    though innovation

    Improving operational value and reversing the marked trend of declining productivity
  • New ways to identify
    and nuture innovation

    Technology development and implementation for the global minerals industry
  • User-driven
    partnership model

    Partnerships and collaborations between technology developers, commercial suppliers and end users
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  • CRC ORE aims to transform the minerals sector by deploying innovative world-class technology to effect a step change in value across the whole-of-mine system. Our research is focussed on extracting more value through looking at optimising all elements of the mining process and extracting value-chain efficiencies through better understanding of the way in which processes work together across the whole-of-mine system. New technologies are assessed live on mine sites and then transferred back to the industry.  
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  • The CRC ORE team and Board have created a dynamic strategic plan, building on the successes to date, providing clear guidance for achieving CRC ORE’s objectives in the years ahead and establishing the basis for a smooth transition of this work to the Australian METS and Minerals sector by 2021.
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  • Amongst a plethora of visits with Participants in recent months has been an insightful look into cutting edge blasting technologies with ORICA and direct site engagement with blasting trials at Anglo American’s Los Bronces mine. There has been ongoing major involvement with BHP Billiton at Escondida in Chile and the team has spent time on site at Sumitomo’s Minera San Cristobal site in Bolivia. Closer to home, CRC Mining hosted the CRC team for a site visit, identifying synergies and opportunities for collaboration.
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  • 22 June 2016: The first full meeting of CRC ORE’s Implementation Council was held in Brisbane on 22 June, with a who’s who of the minerals sector around the table and dialing in, joining together to look at how to supercharge CRC ORE’s research to commercialisation pipeline and innovation pathway.
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Our innovation pathway

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  • Unlocking new value through innovating optimisation.  There's a better way to do it.  We find it. CRC ORE does this through its research Development Programs.
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  • Unlocking new value by radically improving each part of the process - and extracting value-chain efficiencies by showing how the parts work together across the whole system. CRC ORE is bringing this aspects together through its Delivery Themes.
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  • Ground-truthing our innovations on-site, at production scale.
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  • Matchmaking our innovative new technology with the people who can make best use of it and introducing partnerships between our participants.
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The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) is founded under the Cooperative Research Centres programme.

CRC Business AusGov Industry 100K Small

The Centre is supported by AMIRA, Anglo American, BHP Billiton, CRC Mining, CSIRO, Curtin, Glencore, Hatch, IMDEX, JKTech, Kellogg’s Institute (KIN), METS Ignited, MRIWA, Newcrest, NRC Canada, Orica, QUT, Sedgman, Schlumberger, Sodern, Sumitomo, Teck, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland (UQ) and University of Tasmania (UTAS).


Anglo American
BHP Billiton


METS Ignited

Plus a group of METS Associates


CRC Mining
Kellogg’s Institute (KIN)
NRC Canada
University of Adelaide
The University of Queensland


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