Supplier Innovation Program 

BHP is partnering with Austmine to facilitate an open innovation program, to engage suppliers and implement emerging technologies as part of its Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Sector Strategy. 

The Supplier Innovation Program delivers a series of challenges or business problems to METS sector participants and invites their participation in workshops to develop solutions to these challenges. The winning solution has the opportunity to become a paid pilot program, with the potential for the supplier to win ongoing work with BHP.

BHP's Supplier Innovation Program challenges make it easier for the METS sector to access project opportunities, find new avenues for collaboration and to put forward solutions while retaining IP. The program allows BHP to crowd-source a broader range of unique and innovative solutions to business problems and represents a significant shift from the tender methods traditionally used to engage suppliers.

Austmine has also partnered with BHP to deliver the Fatality Elimination Program.

BHP is committed to supporting regional supply chains and the economic diversification and sustainability of regional communities across Australia. As our industry shifts towards more remote and technologically enabled operations, our ability to build and leverage local capability, and continue to demonstrate our social value contribution, will be critical to both our competitive advantage and reputation.

Register your business for future challenges with our form below. 

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Past Challenges

  

CLOSED: Detection of Oversize Rock Blended in Stockpile

Posted on 13/12/2020
This challenge closed on Friday 15th January 2021.

  

CLOSED: Safely Enabling Port Access for Personnel During Vessel Mooring Cycle

Posted on 26/10/2020
Companies are invited to submit a solution for the Safely Enabling Port Access for Personnel During Vessel Mooring Cycle challenge within the BHP Austmine Supplier Innovation Program.

  

CLOSED: Industrial Structural Corrosion Surface Blasting Replacement Process

Posted on 26/10/2020
Companies are invited to submit a solution for the Industrial Structural Corrosion Surface Blasting Replacement Process challenge within the BHP Austmine Supplier Innovation Program.

  

CLOSED - Conveyor Roller Manual Handling Elimination

Posted on 23/10/2020
BHP is seeking suitable suppliers to assist with a challenge relating to the manual handling of conveyor rollers.

  

CLOSED - Safe Mooring Systems at Port Operations

Posted on 23/10/2020
BHP is seeking suitable suppliers to assist with a challenge relating to the process of weaving ship mooring lines.

  

CLOSED: Digital Technology Solutions for Optimising Stacking and Reclaiming Activities

Posted on 19/10/2020
Submissions due Friday 6th November 2020. Austmine and BHP invite you to submit an application for the challenge of Digital Technology Solutions for Optimising Stacking and Reclaiming Activities.

  

CLOSED - Reclaim Tunnel Dust Management & Cleaning

Posted on 9/10/2020
BHP is seeking suitable suppliers to provide an effective means of cleaning the ore concentrator plant reclaim tunnels including conveyor systems without the need for personnel having to enter the tunnel.

Latest News

Charge On Innovation Challenge Ignites Industry Interest

Posted on 1/09/2021
The Charge On Innovation Challenge received an overwhelming response to the preliminary phase which closed on 31 July, with 21 mining companies joining as patrons, over 350 companies from across 19 industries registering their interest as vendors.

Jord International, BHP Partnership to Drive Industry-first Innovation for Filter Press Maintenance

Posted on 2/03/2021
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BHP Tailings Challenge Announcement

Posted on 2/12/2020
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BHP Apprenticeship Pledge and METS Business Support Package

Posted on 8/10/2020
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