Brazil's mining hub selects 7 startups in latest round

Brazil’s mining hub announced the latest round of innovations emerging from the initiative. 

Projects of seven startups were selected to advance. The startups’ solutions can now be acquired by mining or other companies.

The startups were supported by Anglo American, Bemisa, CSN, Kinross, Samarco and Vale. The amount of support was not provided. 

“We have to talk more with young people and with startups, as suppliers to the sector, and mining companies must move forward to change the face of the industry,” said Flávio Penido, CEO of mining association Ibram.

Created by stakeholders in 2019, the mining hub seeks to accelerate the adoption of innovation and solutions for the sector, which is considered one of most traditional and resistant to new technologies. 

“The segment in general, mainly those with new projects, must look to technology and new solutions, mainly in order to reduce the number of accidents on the ground,” Gizelle Andrade Tocchetto, director of institutional relations and environmental issues at Sul Americana de Metais (SAM), a Brazilian subsidiary of Chinese group Honbridge Holdings, told BNamericas. 

The latest startups and projects selected are: 

  • Beyond Mining received the support of Anglo American to develop a sound pressure prediction mechanism.
  • Optive received the backing of Bemisa for a solution optimizing the management of inventories. 
  • Steelmaker CSN supported i9 Mining for a project arranging alternatives to filtered waste.
  • Kinross is backing two startups: Hitemp for a communications management and daily works report and Tamboro to develop abilities for new skills.  
  • Geolabor will count with the support of Samarco for the geotechnical control of tailings piles. 
  • Mining giant Vale is supporting a solution developed by M&S Industrial for emissions detection.
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