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The future of Australia’s competitiveness in the minerals sector is increasingly dependent on digital technology solutions solving challenges in productivity, safety and environmental impact.  A cohort of 20 leading innovators from across Australia were announced today as the cohort of the QuantumTX National METS Accelerator 2022.

The QuantumTX Program helps rapidly grow Technology Centric SMEs or Scale-ups solving large challenges across multiple sectors that can benefit the minerals sector.  Selected through a competitive application process by industry experts from 79 applications, each business has potential global competitive advantage with existing innovative products.

The resources sector is transforming, to meet society’s increasing demands for minerals and base metals to fuel the global energy transition. ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) is the #1 issue for operators, delivering resources in a sustainable manner. Solutions come from the rapid implementation and successful commercialisation of technologies.  This accelerator supports innovative companies to scale their solutions, making them available for the entire market. Adrian Beer, CEO of METS Ignited.

The participants are:

Agile 8 Remote systems empowering frontliners to work smarter, faster and safer with XRAI Vision​
Australian Droid & Robot​ Specialised robotics and systems for remote inspection of inaccessible or dangerous areas
Circular Mine Making zero mine waste a reality​ by transforming mine waste into aggregate products
ClimateClever​ Clever solutions for tackling climate change including online platforms for carbon neutrality
Digital Twinning Australia​ Smart data assets​ tool for curating, harmonising and contextually visualising data
Diriger A leading specialist in Industry 4.0 solution services and business process automation​
Exploration Drill Rigs​ ​Manufacturing the world’s leading workover rig packages for the oil and gas industry
Groot Innovations ​Technology innovations in industrial lighting for controlled environments
Hindsite Industries Purpose-built platform for industry to connect, capture & operationalise skilled know-how
Innovative Energy Solutions​ ​Autonomous solar panel cleaners and electrical services to the mining & industrial sectors
Mirragin​ Creating autonomous capability ​ working across drones, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence
MyPass Global Safer, more productive workplaces by redefining how people and organisations connect​
Pitcrew AI​ Autonomous real-time condition monitoring for vehicles and equipment fleet​
Robotic Systems​ Engineering consultancy that creates solutions from initial idea to manufactured device​
Safescape​ ​Innovative products that support safety and sustainability in mine sites across the world
Sentient Computing​ ​Providing immersive virtual environments to grow creative spaces for industrial markets
SoilCyclers ​ Turning mine waste into topsoil for sites with a topsoil deficit or storage issues
Taz Drone Solutions​ ​Creating safer more efficient workplaces through specialised drone technology
Universal Field Robots​ Creators of fully autonomous robots with extraordinary industrial-scale capabilities
Valenhold​ Manufacturing to operation supply chain solutions and mobile fleet operations

Led by innovation specialists, Atomic Sky, the program supports METS Ignited’s focus on commercialisation support pathways to technology innovators with solutions in Robotics and Automation, Digital and Data, and Sustainability and Responsible Mining.

Creating jobs in these diversified technology areas is essential to new workforce skills required by large industries.  Atomic Sky created Quantum Technology Exchange to facilitate and expedite the growth of solutions in automation, remote operations other technologies that transcend sectors. These are particularly important in improving the sustainability and ESG in the mining sector.” Peter Rossdeutscher, Principal of Atomic Sky

The QuantumTX program will help these larger SMEs scale their businesses and solutions to create competitive potential exports.  They will receive introductions to large clients, mentoring, market engagement, profile raising, staff development, international readiness and introductions. They will also key representatives from companies such as Roy Hill, Rio Tinto, Fugro, QMetco, Nova Systems, MinEx CRC, Robotics Australia Group, Imvelo, Woodside Energy and others.

Valued at $12,500, participation will be free due to sponsorship from METS Ignited, the Queensland and Western Australia State governments, AROSE and Fugro.

More information on Quantum Technology Exchange is available at