Antofagasta plc announces investment in Peruvian mining company

Antofagasta Minerals announced an investment in Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. The company has entered into agreements allowing the acquisition of a cumulative stake of approximately 19% of the shares.

Wealth Minerals and BASF Initiate Collaboration for the Development of Lithium Projects in Chile

Wealth Minerals and BASF have agreed to work together on the extraction, processing, and refining of lithium and other substances in the Salares de Atacama and Ollagüe in northern Chile.

Innovation Call: TAD Open House

Welcome to the Think & Act Differently (TAD) Open House powered by BHP.
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BioMetals Open Call

Help us explore the use of biotechnology within the mining sector, whilst applying your expertise to a potentially new industry! Do you have biologically focused ideas, applications or solutions that could help improve our industry?

C A S E R O N E S M I N E C H A L L E N G E: “Classification and traceability of cathodes in Electrowinning”

The copper cathodes harvesting operation at Caserones Mine electrowinning (EW) facility includes a continuous stripping machine that is fed by the cathodes selected by the operators through a visual inspection.

BHP Global Water Challenge selects 11 initiatives to improve water efficiency in mining

At the Demo Day, eleven global solutions were selected as part of BHP's Global Water Challenge, an international call for proposals aimed at identifying potential disruptive solutions for the sustainable improvement of water efficiency in the mining industry through innovation and technology.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric conducts cabinet reshuffle with five changes

On Wednesday 16 August, Chilean President Gabriel Boric made his third cabinet reshuffle, replacing ministers and secretaries of state for Social and Family Affairs, Education, Mines, National Assets and Culture. With this move, Boric is trying to improve the tense relations with the opposition and advance his government's agenda.
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Mission Critical: German Engagement in Canadian and Australian Mineral Markets – A German Mining Network Online Seminar

Critical Minerals are essential for the energy transition and new technologies. Germany is highly dependent on imports of those minerals. However, what are the strategies available to German companies to secure access to those crucial ingredients of future technologies? Which of these strategies do companies actually draw on? Are German companies becoming more active in international mineral markets?
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The Peruvian mining sector is currently evolving towards the integration of open innovation models. This evolution is linked to operational challenges and supplier innovation capacities, based on which collaborative value creation is emerging, changing the way the industry works.
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VIII. German-Peruvian Raw Materials Forum – Partnership for efficient and sustainable mining

On July 5, 2023, the AHK Peru will organize this year's VIII. German-Peruvian Raw Materials Forum on the topic: partnership for efficient and sustainable mining.
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German Suppliers’ Guide for Mining in Peru 2023: New Printedition and Online Portal

The AHK Peru is producing a new print version and updating the online portal of the German Suppliers' Guide for Mining in Peru. German companies and their representatives offering technologies, products and services for the mining sector can register.

Volkswagen focuses on North America: Canada chosen as the location for PowerCo SE’s first Gigafactory outside of Europe

Volkswagen strengthens its commitment to North America with PowerCo SE's first Gigafactory in Canada.

DERA Rohstoffinformationen: Lithium risk assessment

The availability of mineral raw materials and their secure and sustainable supply is essential for the German economy. As a major industrial nation with resource-intensive processing industries and only limited domestic mine production, Germany is dependent on imports.

Hatch and Küttner join to become Europe’s leading provider of sustainable industrial processes, novel green technologies, and battery solutions

Essen, Germany— Hatch has announced the integration of Küttner into its group of companies. Together, Hatch Küttner becomes Europe’s leading provider of complex engineering and technology services for the metals, energy, and infrastructure market sectors.

Chile, salt lakes and Lithium: Current status of Production

The Salar de Atacama is the deposit with the best conditions for lithium mining in the world. The concentration in this place is 1,500 parts per million.

Sofofa Hub launches corporate alliance to help start-ups partner with leading companies

Venture Client SOFOFA Hub is a corporate alliance of six leading global companies that have come together to collaborate, accelerate innovation and support the growth of start-ups.

SQM Launches First Corporate Acceleration Program Focused on Startups

The main objective of the first SQM Lithium Ventures Corporate Acceleration Program is to find and promote new technologies and innovations related to lithium. Organized in collaboration with Endeavor, the application process beings on March 6.

Canada pushes Chinese miners out of Canadian lithium

The Canadian government has ordered three Chinese lithium miners have been ordered to divest from Canadian lithium operations.

Circulor and SQM: Deal on lithium traceability

Lithium producer SQM will use UK-based supply chain traceability provider Circulor’s technology suite to ensure the provenance of SQM's lithium from the mine to the EV battery.
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Visit by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Chile brings new impetus to bilateral relations between the two countries

Accompanied by a delegation from politics and business, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz paid an official visit to Chile on January 29 and 30.
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Bauma 2022 exceeds all expectations

From October 24 to 30, bauma 2022 took place and the Messe München exhibition center once again became the global epicenter of the construction, civil engineering and mining machinery industry. Despite the numerous factors of instability affecting the global economy (pandemic, war in Ukraine, inflation, supply shortages, etc.), this year's edition closed with excellent figures: 3,200 exhibitors from 60 countries and more than 495,000 visitors from over 200 countries attended the fair. The share of international visitors was around 50 percent.

CHILE: Women in Mining, UC Innovation Center and Siemens launch mining digitization academy for women

Industries undergoing Digital Transformation require today more than ever, a balance of technological capabilities, both operational and digital, with human capabilities that combine culture, digital talent and strategic platforms. In some sectors such as mining, this is challenged by

Required and desired: breakthroughs for future-proofing mineral and metal extraction

In a recent article published in Mineral Economics, Elisabeth Clausen and Aarti Sörensen of RWTH Aachen discuss the technological and non-technological breakthroughs required for managing the current transformation pushed by global sustainability and climate challenges.

Machines in Construction develops data interface

Together with the agreed data protocol, the new MiC 4.0 Bus enables every attachment to communicate unambiguously and without additional devices with every construction machine, regardless of brand and manufacturer. It was jointly developed by the participating companies in the attachment cluster of the MiC 4.0 Machines in Construction working group and will now be presented live for the first time at bauma from 24-30 October in the LAB0 innovation hall.

Australia: “Copper for Tomorrow CRC” – Invitation for Industry Partners

A dedicated Cooperative Research Center (CRC) will bring industry and research together to help the copper industry achieve its ESG goals while remaining profitable and solving challenges throughout the copper value chain.

Rio Tinto invests in new aluminium recycling centre in Canada

Rio Tinto has just announced that it will invest USD 29 million in the construction of a new aluminum recycling facility at its Arvida plant in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.

Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz sign agreements with Canada to collaborate on automotive, batteries and critical raw materials

German carmakers Volkswagen and Mercedes signed Memorandums of Understanding with Canada to secure access to raw materials such as nickel, cobalt and lithium for battery production, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance.

Corfo launches call for specialized lithium producers to promote initiatives to increase value added in Chile

Starting August 31, 2022, interested companies can submit proposals that increase the value of lithium products in Chile, which they can acquire in return at a preferential price and with a guaranteed supply until 2030.

Canada’s Critical Raw Materials Strategy

A discussion paper on critical raw materials was published in mid-June 2022 by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The paper will be open for public discussion and feedback until mid-September, after which it will be incorporated into a raw materials strategy.

PDAC German Day

With the headline “Strengthening the Ties: Germany and Canada on Their Way to Energy Transition”, current bilateral industry topics in mining were discussed. The panel speakers focused on sustainable directions for critical minerals.

Audi helps drive bio-leaching research

German carmaker Audi is working with the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology on the development of bioleaching methods that use bacteria and innovative membrane technology to mine for transition metals.

Information Event: Developments and Measures for Energy Efficiency and Energy Structure Optimization in the Non-Ferrous Metals and Steel Industry in China (June 2022)

In terms of energy consumption, manufacturing represents the largest sector of the Chinese economy with a proportion of more than 50 percent of final energy use. The steel and non-ferrous metals industry are particularly energy-intensive. In recent years, especially since the national targets for carbon peaking and carbon neutrality were announced in 2020, China is actively taking measures to make production processes more energy-efficient and less carbon-intensive.

Minerals Week 2022: Digitalization and sustainability in the industry

For three days, international and local experts will meet to discuss global trends in digitization and sustainability in mining, organized by Siemens Large Drives, with the sponsorship of SONAMI, Woman in Mining Chile, UC Anacleto Angelini Innovation Center and German Mining Network.

IHK Chemnitz – New member of the German Mining Network

The new member of the German Mining Network, IHK Chemnitz, is leading and supporting the establishment of the Chamber of Mines in Mozambique to strengthen the mining sector in the region in perspective. The country has the potential to position itself as an important international supplier of raw materials. However, it is dependent on competent and experienced partners and is therefore also relevant for the German raw material supply.

Post-Mining: Trends in Innovation, Collaboration and Value Creation” Webinar

Post-mining and legacy issues present challenges around the globe that can be turned into opportunities for new ventures, collaborations, and innovations to create value from waste and contribute to sustainable and circular mining practices. Against this backdrop, this webinar presented current initiatives from around the world.
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Information Event: Recycling and Comprehensive Utilization of Raw Materials in China (March 2022)

China is highly dependent on imports of various kinds of raw materials from foreign countries. Domestic recycling and reuse of resources therefore is an essential strategy for China to ensure sufficient supply. The Chinese government has been facilitating circular economy development since more than a decade and recycling of raw materials has been further enhanced and improved in recent years. Non-ferrous metals such as copper, aluminum, lead and zinc play a key role in this development.

Circulor partners with Rock Tech Lithium to aid European lithium refinery

Circulor has announced a comprehensive partnership with Rock Tech Lithium and Fraunhofer UMSICHT to ensure the production of German-made lithium hydroxide with the lowest possible environmental impact.
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Smart Mining Conference

The fourth Smart Mining Conference (SMC2021) had returned on the 17 November 2021, hosted by the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) of RWTH Aachen University and VDMA Mining.

Chile: National and International Call for Lithium

Participate in a public process seeking strategic partners to initiate exploration, exploitation and commercialization activities of new lithium deposits in the country.

Digitalization Trends and Sustainability in the Global Mining Industry

The German Mining Network (GMN) held a webinar on September 22 focusing on digitization trends and sustainability in mining. Over 138 participants from Chile, Germany, Brazil, Ghana, Canada, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Turkey and other parts of the world followed the experts‘ presentations and exchanged views on cutting-edge future trends for the mining industry.

Developments and Measures for Mine Safety in China (August 2021)

In the framework of the newly established Competence Centre for Mining & Mineral Resources, German Industry & Commerce China Beijing, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), organized an Information Event on the topic of “Framework and Developments for Green Mines in China” on 27 April 2021.

“Sawu Bridge” program facilitates matchmaking for German and International mining suppliers in Chile

The Sawu bridge program was born from an alliance between Endeavor, Sawu and BHP and aims to link German and International suppliers with Chilean suppliers in the mining industry, giving them advantageous access to Chilean mining companies.

Minera Centinela opens bidding process for power supply for the Minera Centinela development project

The power requirements of the project, once it is in operation, are estimated at 912 GWh/year, which according to the sustainability policy and in accordance with the Antofagasta Minerals Group's Climate Change Strategy, must be provided solely and exclusively from 100% renewable, traceable and certified energy.

Thiess: Expanding its fleet in Chile with new Liebherr T 264

Thiess expands its 240-tonne fleet range with five new electric drive Liebherr mining trucks, cementing its commitment to growth in the region.
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MiningForum 2022 – The countdown to Germany’s benchmark mining event is on

The Mining Forum 2022 will take place on May 19. & 20. 2022 in the Estrel Berlin convention center. It brings together the industry’s top decision makers, experts and specialists to discuss topics related to mining every two years . The event offers a comprehensive panorama view of various complex topics related to raw materials.
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Status Quo and Perspectives for Smart Mining in China – June 2021

German Industry & Commerce China Beijing (AHK Beijing) organized a hybrid Information Event on the topic of “Status Quo and Perspectives for Smart Mining in China” on 29 June 2021. At the event, two renowned experts from the Chinese mining sector informed more than 40 participants about the latest developments of coal mine intelligization and the current status of electrification of metal mining equipment in China.
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Information Event – Status Quo and Perspectives for Smart Mining in China

AHK China invites you to the online information event on Smart Mining. Representatives of local politics, education and business will present.

Press Release: Siemens Minerals Week

Siemens presents the "Siemens mineral week" from July 20-22. A three-day virtual event broadcasted on CNN.
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Call for Abstracts for the World Resources Forum 2021

Ongoing Call for Abstracts for the World Resources Forum 2021 Conference, which will take place on October 12-14 2021, in an innovative hybrid format (Online, Switzerland, Ghana). Submission deadline for abstracts is July 1st.
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Liebherr excavator R 9600

Australia becomes leading market for unofficial 600 - tonne class excavators.