Enterprise software developer Mincom hit the jackpot last month when the Australian-based company's Latin American division secured two contracts with start-up Chilean mining organisations.
Key to the solutions at the Pelambres and Tesoro copper mines is Mincom's MIMS Open Enterprise software suite which, according to officials from mine owners Anaconda, has already received impressive reviews from a host of other mining operations throughout Chile.
According to reports, Anaconda has signed a licence and services agreement worth more than $1 million for the MIMS implementation and has also chosen the platform as its corporate standard for all future operations.
The organisation's initial commitment to the software suite is for a 100-user licence, however Anaconda plans to extend the licensing agreement to 2000 users once both mines become fully operational later this year.
According to Ramiro Vergara, president of Mincom's Latin American operations, mining is one of the driving forces of the Chilean econ-omy and could solidify Mincom's dominant market position if its other mining prospects pay dividends.
"Over the next three years, Chilean and foreign companies will invest in opening 11 new mining operations, and by next year it is expected that Chile will be responsible for more than 30 per cent of the world's copper production."