Chile has used the Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) 2018 in Mackay to showcase its mining expertise to Australian industry.
The Trade Commission of Chile, ProChile, has identified Australia as one of four key international markets for the Chilean Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services
To kick off its campaign in Australia, ProChile brought a delegation of seven Chilean mining supply companies to QME for the South American nation’s biggest ever presence at a trade event in Australia to date.
ProChile business development manager – mining Giancarlo Tosti-Croce said he was very happy with the response from attendees at QME, with interest from Australian companies and the attending Chilean mining companies in connecting and building relationships .
“Some of the Chilean METS companies are very optimistic about their time at QME,” he said.
“They’re excited by the opportunity to represent Chilean METS in Australia or to achieve a direct sale with an Australian mining community.”
Chilean companies represented included Aceros Chile, Arcotex, Ericar, FMA Industrial, Ingepro, Macaya Industrial Supplies and Novamine.
Mr Tosti-Croce believed there was potential for collaboration between Chilean and Queensland METS players.
“Some of the Chilean METS companies in attendance have set up meetings after QME with Australian companies who are looking for potential representation in Chile or are interested in exploring opportunities to distribute Chilean products in Australia,” he said.
“It’s really positive to see the synergies between these companies, with some of those companies being based in Queensland.”
This year will mark the return of ProChile to QME after six years, and the first major activity in Australia for the Chilean Government Program of International Promotion of Mining Suppliers.
Other strategic markets ProChile is targeting in addition to Australia include Canada, Mexico, and Peru.
Mr Tosti-Croce said Chile was a powerhouse when it came to mining.
“Chile is the world’s leading copper producer and has the largest known reserves of lithium in the world,” Mr Tosti-Croce said.
“We derive 54 percent of our national income from mining and all of the world’s biggest mining companies have operations in Chile.
“In Chile, there are currently more than 6000 METS providers that supply to these global companies, including Australian mining and METS giants.”