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MICROMINE deepens mine scheduling expertise with Precision Mining addition

MICROMINE says it has taken its first step on the acquisition trail, signing a deal to purchase Queensland, Australia-based technology company Precision Mining.

The arrangement will give MICROMINE full ownership of Precision Mining, which is best known for its flagship mine scheduling software, Spry.

The acquisition is the first in almost two decades for MICROMINE, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

Spry expands and deepens the mine scheduling segment in the company’s software suite. Spry provides a dig scheduling, dump scheduling and mine haulage software environment that gives complete results in a fraction of the time, according to Precision Mining.

MICROMINE’s current offering covers the entire mining cycle from exploration to production control, with its products currently used at 2,000 sites in 90 countries.

MICROMINE CEO, Andrew Birch, who took the reins at MICROMINE in 2019 after private equity firm Potentia Capital acquired a majority stake, said Spry would continue to operate as a standalone brand but would also be closely integrated with the MICROMINE suite.

“Precision Mining really stood out, not just for the quality of its software but also for the team’s experience and reputation as consultants in mine scheduling and haulage,” Birch said. “We looked worldwide for a company that was best in class and had the potential to scale globally. Finding an Australian company like Precision that is building innovative technology solutions suitable for the global mining market made the acquisition really attractive.”

Birch said MICROMINE’s focus for the past two years has been on accelerating organic growth and ensuring its product, distribution and customer service are “on point” and the company’s product roadmaps and vision are pushing into the next generation of both technology and mining.

“We are now expanding our reach and depth of expertise in a market we know well,” he said. “This is a very synergistic addition to our business and an important part of our growth strategy.”

The Precision Mining team, led by founders Glen Barnes, Craig Morgan and Zim Chan, will continue working in the business, bringing specialist scheduling and mine production expertise to the MICROMINE stable, according to MICROMINE.

Barnes said: “Joining MICROMINE will give us the experience, resources and global distribution network that are critical and together we will grow the business. The company has been growing quickly since 2007, and we reached the point where we need the expertise and support of a global business like MICROMINE to take it to the next level.”

Global software summit explores the future of mining innovation

MICROMINE is set to showcase its next generation of mining and exploration software at a global technology summit on November 17, 2020.

More than 25 speakers will feature in the three-hour online event, available in separate languages and timezones for audiences in Australia/Asia, Europe/Africa, North & South America, Russia & Central Asia.

2020 Unpacked will showcase the next generation of mining and exploration software as MICROMINE unveils the latest versions of its integrated suite – Micromine 2021, Pitram 5 and Geobank 2021. IM got a sneak peek of Micromine 2021 and Pitram 5 during a conversation with Adam Brew, MICROMINE Australia Manager, last month ahead of the Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum in Kalgoorlie.

MICROMINE CEO, Andrew Birch, recently commented: “Rapidly changing markets, evolving geopolitical dynamics and the COVID-19 pandemic had created unprecedented challenges for mining companies, driving a thirst for evidence-based innovation.

“Technology is evolving at warp speed, and the pressure is on us to ensure our users have quick access to the best tools available.”

Launching the latest products comes after an in-depth Beta testing program that saw almost 150 testers globally trial the new software, MICROMINE says.

“Attendees will see the new features our teams have been working on over the past six months and share the digital transformation experience with exploration and mining clients from around the world who are partnering with MICROMINE to improve efficiency and profitability,” Birch said.

“Access to new and innovative data modelling and analytics is essential in helping the industry advance the safety and efficiency of its processes, reduce costs, and meet increasing social and environmental standards.”

Delegates will be treated to a free one month licence of the latest release of the award winning modelling software, Micromine 2021, which is currently used on 2,000 sites in more than 90 countries around the world, the company said

Technical product managers will run interactive group demonstrations, while additional feature workshops and one-on-one sessions (by appointment) will be available for MICROMINE clients after the event.

Registration is free at www.micromine.com/2020unpacked

MICROMINE moves into next growth phase with new CEO

MICROMINE has appointed Andrew Birch as its new CEO, effective September 23, as it looks to continue the expansion of its mining software offering.

The software provider, back in December, said it was looking forward to its next stage of software growth following an investment from private equity firm Potentia Capital.

Birch, who replaces Claire Tuder as CEO, has over 25 years’ experience across the technology sector in senior executive roles for both listed and privately held companies, most recently as COO of MYOB Group responsible for the strategic direction and delivery across MYOB’s go-to-market business units, MICROMINE said. He has also led and integrated a range of acquisitions across the MYOB business.

Prior to joining MYOB, he held several senior management positions within the technology, telecommunications and software sectors including Honeywell Pacific and Vodafone Australia, as well as mid-size technology businesses within Australia and New Zealand.

MICROMINE Chairman, Tim Reed, said: “Andrew is a highly experienced senior executive within the technology sector with a proven track record of success in delivering growth outcomes through both organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions.

“Andrew has distinguished himself as a highly talented, inspiring and energetic leader whose creativity, positive attitude and ability to build trust are among his greatest strengths.”

Birch himself said he was excited to join the MICROMINE business, “which has a great culture, the broadest capability in the market and a winning strategy that has enabled strong growth”.

He added: “Building further on this success is an exciting opportunity, I passionately believe a great team with a keen focus on clients is a key success factor.”