Mining equipment, technology & services


Australia has the world's largest Economic Demonstrated Resources (EDR) of diamond, gold, iron ore, lead, nickel, rutile, tantalum, uranium, zinc and zircon, and the second largest resources of bauxite, brown coal, copper, ilmenite, niobium, silver and tungsten. Australia`s resources of antimony, black coal, lithium, manganese ore, tin and vanadium are ranked in the top 4 countries.

The mining boom over the past decade has led to the development of a sophisticated Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector, which operates in Australia and overseas.

Australia’s METS sector contributes approximately A$90 billion annually to the economy with yearly exports of at least A$27 billion. R&D expenditures are estimated at around A$1 billion and the sector employs approximately 31,300, making it a major contributor to the Australian economy and the country’s overall competitiveness.

Key opportunities

Because of the strength of the market, Australian METS firms have overseas opportunities right across the supply chain. This includes:

  • Capital equipment
  • Contract mining
  • Exploration
  • Mining consumables
  • Professional services including engineering and consulting
  • Software and advanced technologies – Australian suppliers have an international reputation for innovative solutions
  • Equipment supply – a range of mining equipment is in short supply at present including the supply of tyres

Priority markets with the greatest opportunities for Australian METS firms include:

  • Latin America
  • China
  • India
  • Russia
  • New Caledonia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Africa
  • Indonesia
  • Mongolia

International mining company profiles 

Read a mining company profile on GV Gold Russia (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Hindustan Zinc Limited (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Polyus Gold International (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Hochschild Mining (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Singareni Collieries Company Limited (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Vedanta Ltd Sesa Goa Iron Ore (PDF). 

Read a mining company profile on Norilsk Nickel Group (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Nui Phao Mining (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on PT Vale Indonesia TBK (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Coal India Limited (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Kaz Minerals (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Grupo Bal (PDF).

Read a mining company profile on Gold Fields Ghana Limited (PDF).

Read a customer company profile on Russian Copper Company (PDF).

Industry Podcast

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If you are an Australian METS business seeking new markets or planning your global expansion, Mining for opportunities is the podcast series for you.


How can we help you?

With a worldwide network of highly experienced and qualified staff, Austrade provides a number of dedicated and tailored services to Australian exporters.

Austrade offers practical advice, market intelligence and ongoing support (including financial) to Australian businesses looking to develop international markets. Austrade also provides advice and guidance on overseas investment and joint venture opportunities, and helps put Australian businesses in contact with potential overseas investors.

Austrade has a mining industry network of 35 staff in key international mining markets and Australia including the Americas, Pacific, South East Asia, North Asia, India, Africa, Russia and the Middle East.

For Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) enquiries, please contact

For further information please contact Austrade on 13 28 78 or email


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