15 June 2017: The second round of the METS Ignited Project Funds is open until 31 July 2017.

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This article was published in CRC ORE News - June 2017

New funding for METS companies

Supplied by METS Ignited

June 2017: The second round of the METS Ignited Project Funds is now open. The Project Funds is designed to support projects that will have significant benefits for Australia's METS sector.

METS Ignited is looking to drive more than $35m worth of projects over the next two years though the Project Fund. The Project Fund is provided by the Australian Government as part of its Growth Centre Initiative.

Applications close on 31 July 2017. Visit the METS Ignited website for the guidelines and application form.






This article was published in CRC ORE News - February 2017

10 Year Sector Competitiveness Plan released for Australian METS sector

February 2017: A new plan to strengthen the Australian mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector and help invigorate Australia’s position as the global hub for mining innovation has been released.

METS Ignited released its 10 Year Sector Competitiveness Plan at IMARC in November.  The groups CEO, Ric Gros, pointed to the plan as a landmark document for the METS sector. “It is a long-term view of how the Australian METS sector needs to be competitive, skilled and forward-thinking to respond to future industry demands and to strengthen its position as an integral part of the global mining innovation ecosystem,” he says.  

The plan details five broad programs of work towards a globally competitive vision for the Australian METS sector. Each program of work is matched with a range of targeted initiatives. The five program areas are:
1.    Aligned strategy
2.    Global brand
3.    Internationally competitive
4.    Collaborative and innovative
5.    Skilled for 2026

To download your copy of the plan click here. You will need to register to become a Network Associate (free) to download a copy.


This article was published in CRC ORE News - November 2016 

METS Ignited releases Industry Knowledge Priorities

November 2016: METS Ignited have released their Industry Knowledge Priorities to highlight what the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector requires now and moving forward from Australian research providers and innovators.

METS Ignited, working together with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Austmine, has defined Industry Knowledge Priorities (IKPs), for the METS sector.

These are the outcome-focussed bodies of information or skills that need to be developed to create sustainable global competitive advantage for the Australian METS sector.

The Industry Knowledge Priorities (IKPs), look to target the following outcomes:

  • The identification and development of opportunities for significant / step-change improvements in the economic, social and environmental benefits from mining.
  • Increased commercial development opportunities to address domestic and global mining challenges.
  • Increased input from a diverse range of stakeholders, including those from outside the mining sector.
  • The creation of critical mass through identifying and developing clusters formed around either specific expertise/knowledge areas or around natural geographic groupings of complementary skills/knowledge areas.

The IKPs fall into two broad categories:

  • management skills and capabilities needed to make the sector more competitive; and
  • research and development required to ensure that the sector remains relevant.

Six knowledge priorities for world-class capability and leadership
IKP1: Improving speed of innovation, collaboration and business models
IKP2: Operating in a global market place
IKP3: Business development, optimisation and growth
IKP4: Excellence in finding, mining and extracting
IKP5: Reducing mining’s footprint
IKP6: Ubiquitous sensing, digitisation and data analytics

For further detail, download a copy of the Industry Knowledge Priorities: Mining Equipment, Technology and Services.

The IKPs will be refined and updated along with the annual review of the Sector Competitiveness Plan.

The IKPs are a result of consultation with the METS and mining sectors, as well as through input from CSIRO, Austmine, and a VCI report commissioned by METS Ignited. The IKPs have been shaped by global megatrends (including CSIRO’s Our Future World: global megatrends report), as well as current and emerging challenges and technology trends.        - Supplied by METS Ignited


This article was published in CRC ORE News - July 2016

CRC ORE and METS Ignited MOU signed

January 2016: Greater collaboration and commercialisation for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector are key drivers of a newly signed agreement between METS Ignited and CRC ORE.

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METS Ignited CEO Daniel Sullivan and Chair Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, with CRC ORE's Chair Jonathan Loraine and CEO Ben Adair, at the official signing of the MOU.

METS Ignited and CRC ORE are working together to improve commercialisation and collaboration outcomes for Australian METS companies.

This has culminated in the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the groups, outlining a shared vision and detailed work plan to engage the Australian METS sector with the activities of CRC ORE.

Joint activities planned for 2016 include a roadshow to highlight CRC ORE’s research, collaboration on an innovation portal to help connect industry, and METS Ignited participation on CRC ORE’s Implementation Council. There are also activities planned to make capital markets more aware of the METS sector.

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chair of METS Ignited, said that METS Ignited is excited to work with CRC ORE and sees the agreement as an obvious collaboration to strengthen the mining innovation ecosystem which, in turn will increase the competitive advantage of the Australian METS sector, nationally and globally. “The $90 billion Australian METS sector has diverse competitive strengths and innovative solutions to improve productive and sustainable mining. By working together we can create greater opportunities for METS companies,” said Ms Lewis-Gray.

“Our relationship with CRC ORE will assist Australian METS companies gain scale and credibility through the global reputation and reach of CRC ORE with miners.

“We will better connect the Australian METS sector and researchers with mining companies to ensure all parties are aware of each other’s activities and plans. This will improve collaboration and commercialisation outcomes,” she said.

CRC ORE Chair Jonathan Loraine stated that CRC ORE’s work in the areas of productivity improvement and sustainability is highly relevant in the current commercial environment. “CRC ORE is at the forefront of mining innovation to improve the productivity of minerals resource extraction,” he says. “Major areas of focus for CRC ORE will be the deployment of Grade Engineering® to exploit natural ore heterogeneity, sensor based ‘whole of stream’ integration and the development and application of innovative methods to improve and optimise ‘whole of stream’ productivity.”

“CRC ORE receives very strong support from the Mining, Research and METS sectors. The MoU with METS Ignited will enable the parties to work together to secure the maximum engagement of Australia’s innovative METS companies in the activities of CRC ORE.”

The respective chairs of METS Ignited and CRC ORE officially signed the MoU on 22 January 2016 at Old Government House at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Garden Point Campus in Brisbane.


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  • 23 October 2019: State of Play was founded eight years ago to fill a gap in mining industry research at the time.

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  • CRC ORE Student Projects: Vacation Program – 2019/20 APPLY NOW

    The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) has developed eight projects suitable for students from CRC ORE’s Research Partners, for Vacation Student programs and Austmine’s sponsored STEM initiative.

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  • 9 July 2019: Australian ingenuity is being put to the test at one the world’s largest deposits of zinc, lead and silver.

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  • 8 July 2019: Towards the end of 2018 Shruti Gaur was exploring potential career options. She was aware of the mining industry but not the diversity of career paths it offered.

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  • 4 July 2019: CRC ORE is offering a number of exciting opportunities to students in the Austmine STEM METS Career Pathway Program.

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  • 19 June 2019: The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) has officially welcomed world-leading industrial equipment and services provider Metso as its newest Participant.

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  • 18 June 2019: CRC ORE congratulates Sabina Shugg AM on her appointment as the Director of Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie, succeeding Professor Sam Spearing.

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  • 10 June 2019: Our successful Grade Engineering production trial at Sumitomo’s Minera San Cristobel was featured in the KnowHow 2019 magazine and also in Science Meets Business.

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  • 3 June 2019: A renowned British expert in the modelling and simulation of minerals processing recently visited the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) to review one of its key initiatives.

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  • 27 May 2019: Growing up in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Edwin Koh always knew he wanted to be an engineer, but had no idea his journey would lead him to work in mining research in Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Annual Assembly 2018 

    This year's Annual Assembly was held in Brisbane on 20 November 2018 at Brisbane City Hall. Essential Participants of CRC ORE also joined us for the member-only CRC ORE Implementation Council meeting the following day.

    •  Tuesday, 20 November 2018 CRC ORE Annual Assembly (8.30am-4:30pm, followed by canapes to 6.30pm)
    •  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 CRC ORE Implementation Council - CRC ORE Essential Participants only (8.30am-4:30pm)


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    CRC ORE Annual Assembly 2018
    20 November 2018
    Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane 

    It has been a significant year of activity and outcomes for CRC ORE as we approach the mid-way point of our funding term. This year’s Assembly featured leaders from across CRC ORE's Essential Participant group who took to the stage providing insights on industry issues and discussing their experiences on active CRC ORE projects and site implementation studies. This year's line up also featured several eminent mining and research industry guest speakers.




    08:00 am

    Arrival tea, coffee and registration



    08:45 am

    Welcome address

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    Mr. Jon Loraine,



    09:00 am

    Crossing the great divide –
    balancing imagination and application in research

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    Prof. Robin Batterham AO,
    Kernot Professor of
    University of Melbourne

    09:20 am

    Industry perspective:
    BHP's open innovation program

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    Mr. Cleve Lightfoot,
    Head of Innovation,

    09:45 am

    The role of government in supporting
    reform & innovation in the resources industry

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    Ms. Erica Smyth
    Non-Executive Director
    and Chairman


    10:15 am

    Morning tea & student poster session





    10:45 am

    Managing innovation for sustainable change

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    Keith Mayhew,
    Manager, Technology and Innovation, Teck


    Supporting research collaboration - 
    connecting the dots between insight and adoption

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    Vaughan Chamberlain,
    Senior Vice President:
    Strategic Technical Group,
    AngloGold Ashanti


    Collaboration works:
    Orica’s perspective

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    Angus Melbourne,
    Chief Commercial
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    12:00 pm

    From the desktop to the bench. 
    Early insights from the Grade Engineering production trial

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    Dr. Luke Keeney,
    General Manager –


    12:30 pm

    Lunch & student poster session




    01:30 pm

    The journey to successful technology.
    Implementation in Mining – experience from BHP IROC

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    Ms. Michelle Elvy,
    Head of Integrated
    Operations, BHP,
    Minerals Australia

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    How do successful research programs fit industry need?

    · The sensor story - what we have learnt so far

    · Understanding heterogeneity

    · Connecting our programs to new areas of interest

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    Mr. Paul Revell,
    General Manager –
    Research & Innovation,


    02:30 pm

    Afternoon tea & student poster session





    03:00 pm

    Industry insights:
    Making technology pay – Hatch perspectives

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    Mr. Jan Kwak,
    Managing Director,
    Hatch Australia-Asia

    03:25 pm

    Panel discussion:
    Inspiration to commercialisation:
    Maximising impact for industry

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    Miner: Mike Hourn,Glencore
    Startup METS: Christian Larsen, Glass Terra
    Established METS: Michelle Carey, IMDEX
    Researcher: Prof. Robin Batterham AO, Kernot Professor of
    Engineering, University of Melbourne

    04:10 pm

    Our path to delivering impact:
    Review of CRC ORE 2017/18
    and focus for next 12 months

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    Dr. Ben Adair,

    04:30 pm

    Student poster award presentation

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    Dr. Sue Keay,

    04:40 pm


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    Mr. Jon Loraine,


    04:45 pm

    Canapes & networking until 6.30 pm



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  • 12 June 2018: A new online tool, GE.View, is giving the Western Australian minerals industry the power to assess and rank opportunities for increased productivity via application of Grade Engineering® on a deposit-by-deposit basis from their own or public domain data.

    The development of the innovative tool was led by the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE). It was developed with support from the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia.

    The tool is being made freely available to the industry by CRC ORE as part of its commitment to delivering significant economic opportunities for the Australian minerals industry.

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  • Line-up of key events coming up in 2019 

    There are a host of mining and innovation events coming up. Following is a list of key events that CRC ORE will be keenly involved with, either in a presenting capacity or supporting as a sponsor. Wherever possible, CRC ORE supports a collaborative approach to events as we have found stronger engagement when collaborating with our Participants.

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  • 24 January 2018: CRC ORE has been involved in a number of high profile events in recent months. Read more about CRC ORE’s Annual Assembly line up and a successful site-based innovation leadership talk with Sumitomo at IMARC2017. CRC ORE also cooperated with METS Ignited to organise an initial consultation session for the consideration of a new CRC for the mining industry at IMARC. A couple of short courses were held – one on Geometallurgy in Tasmania and the respected Gold Plant Operators Course which was run in Kalgoorlie late last year.

    We are in the process of putting together the schedule for the coming year. Stay tuned for a listing of upcoming events in the next edition.

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  • 5 April 2018: CRC ORE's Grade Engineering modelling programs have been strengthened over the summer thanks to the work of four motivated students who joined CRC ORE for our inaugural vacation intern program. Alex Perera, James Bamford, and Jacob Rogers joined us from The University of Queensland (UQ). Samantha Maslin joined us from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with the support of Austmine via its women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative. Hear more about their work by clicking on the video below.

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  • 21 November 2017: The photos and presentations from this year's CRC ORE Annual Assembly have been added to our website.

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  • 30 June 2017: Two of CRC ORE’s Board Members have been recognised for excellence in their chosen fields in recent months. Dr Sue Keay has just been named one of Australia’s first Superstars of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This follows news that Joe Pease has been recognised in two prestigious mining industry awards. Also in recent months, CRC ORE was awarded a high commendation for an “exceptional paper demonstrating excellence” in the CEEC Medal 2017 round.

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  • 15 February 2016: Forward thinkers of the mining industry came together at the start of the year to celebrate the official launch of a second phase for the highly successful CRC ORE.

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  • 2 November 2015: The Directors of CRC ORE are very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ben Adair as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australian mining innovation hub, CRC ORE Limited.

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  • 6 October 2015: The CRC ORE team has moved to CSIRO's Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) in Pullenvale, Brisbane.

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  • 26 May 2015:  CRC ORE is set to be funded for a second six year term with the Australian Government flagging $34.45 million to support vital ongoing work in improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the minerals extraction industry.

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