06 October 2016

CORE Resources Innovation Hub in the Perth CBD has now officially launched its new co-working, collaboration and innovation hub focused on resources technologies. The space provides co-location, collaboration and demonstration opportunities to help develop innovative solutions to challenges faced by the resources and energy sector.

NERA is a CORE Foundation Partner, and CEO Miranda Taylor together with the other Foundation Partners METS Ignited CEO, Ric Gros, Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO of Austmine and Jarvas Croome, CEO of WesTrac, attended the launch in Perth on 5 October along with senior executive from operators, suppliers, mid-tiers, small and medium sized enterprises and technology startups across the sector.

Tamryn Barker, CORE CEO shared how CORE is invigorating a global vision for Australia in resources technology and innovation, focused on the value being delivered by disruptive technologies such as predictive analytics, automation of knowledge work, autonomous vehicles, robotics, additive manufacturing, cloud and mobile technologies, to solve the sector’s most critical challenges.

“Australia is already a global resources hub, but we risk losing the immense opportunities from digital technologies if we don’t drive commercialisation of this capability into the sector.

"With our industry innovation partners, through Unearthed our resident accelerator, and integrated within Perth’s largest co-working and entrepreneur space powered by Spacecubed, CORE provides an environment that creates these connections.

"This is part of aligning a vision for Australia with our strengths, and pursuing a strategy where we dominate resources technology as a globally disruptive domain.

“Our vision for CORE is where the resources and energy sector powers the human enterprises of tomorrow.

"We are delighted that the response across industry, and from our Foundation Partners, to participate in shaping this future has been so strong. We are also excited about connecting with other global mining hubs such as Houston and Santiago to as part of this vision.”

CORE opened at the end of July and, in addition to the Foundation Partners NERA, METS Ignited, Austmine, WesTrac, Unearthed and Spacecubed who have innovation teams in the space, has an increasing number of industry partners from across mining and oil and gas, including industry bodies Engineers Australia and Subsea Energy Australia.

NERA and METS Ignited are two of the six national Industry Growth Centres, established to focus on sectors of strategic importance to Australia. NERA is tasked with maximising value from Australia’s energy resources, while METS Ignited has the objective of growing the global footprint of the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. CORE provides a CBD base for both to connect along the value chain and engage directly with resources sector focused innovators.