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British companies participate at Expomin Mining Fair in Chile

Sixteen British companies participated at Expomin 2018, the largest mining fair in Latin America.

Picture of UK exhibition stand at Expomin 2018.

UK exhibition stand at Expomin 2018

The Santiago office of the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the British Embassy participated at Expomin 2018, as part of the Embassy’s campaign to support British companies in the mining sector. This is the second time that the UK has attended and participated with a British Pavilion.

The 5-day event was hosted in the Chilean capital, Santiago, between 23 and 27 April. The event attracted 16 companies, representing a wide range of products and services, to the British Pavilion.

In total, Expomin hosted 1,266 exhibitors and several big pavilions, including the GREAT-branded British pavilion. The Chilean Minister for Mines, Baldo Prokurica toured the Pavilion and had the opportunity to learn more about British capabilities in the mining sector, including:

  • heavy equipment
  • water and energy use
  • industry restructuring
  • supply chain management
  • financial and legal services
  • automation
  • cyber protection

Priority for the United Kingdom

Currently, mining is one of the key priorities not only in Chile but also for other DIT offices in the region. Expomin is an important platform to present solutions to current issues in the Chilean and regional mining sectors focusing on the different challenges, starting with the optimisation of operative processes efficiency through to satellite applications and virtual reality, among other solutions.

Inauguration by The Lord Mayor of the City of London

Picture of Charles Bowman cutting the tape to inaugurate the British Pavilion at Expomin 2018.
Charles Bowman inaugurating the British Pavilion at Expomin 2018.

Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, who visited Chile between 23 to 25 April, inaugurated the British Pavilion at Expomin. The Lord Mayor met the exhibitors and had the opportunity to learn more about their innovative solutions that UK companies may offer for the mining industry.

Lithium seminar

As part of the British participation at Expomin, the British Embassy and the Infrastructure and Energy Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organised the international seminar Seminar ‘Innovations in the lithium supply chain. Views from Latin America and the United Kingdom’, on Monday 23 April.

The aim of the seminar was to develop stronger regional and international policies, industry and academic links related to lithium supply-chain innovation and to explore future collaboration opportunities within the energy, mining and transport.

Further information

For more details about the UK participation at Expomin, contact Viviana Daza, Commercial Officer for Mining, British Embassy, Santiago.

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Published 11 May 2018