Expomin: The Challenge of World Class Suppliers Program

More than 200 attendees had the seminar organized by Codelco and BHP Billiton, which was held at Expomin on the World Class Suppliers Program. The activity was attended by Eduardo Bitran, executive vice president of CORFO, Iván Arriagada, vice president of administration and finance Codelco, Hernán Araneda manager of Innovum of our foundation.

«The World Class Suppliers Program has made progress, but we believe it is essential to go faster and identify opportunities for collaboration that allow us to break down barriers that hold us back,» said Iván Arriagada at the inauguration of the seminar «World Class Suppliers Program, progress, opportunities and challenges for scaling»

Hernán Araneda, manager of Innovum of Fundación Chile, mentions «So far the World Class Suppliers Program has proven successful experience in developing suppliers in intensive knowledge and technology. However, if it is required to achieve a significant impact on the mining industry and the country, we must work coordinately in the escalation of the initiative, which means more mining companies to join this initiative, but also that there are more suppliers increasingly developing local technological solutions for the mining industry. «

The event aimed to show the progress of the program and pause to reflect on the challenges facing the initiative to move from pilot testing to the development of an industrial stage where world class providers market their services and products to the national and world mining industry. 

Schedule of program implementation

In 2010, Codelco joined BHP Billiton to boost the development of local suppliers of world class; it also joined the support of Innovum Fundación Chile, as a neutral actor of the initiative, whose target country is to have 250 suppliers of this type to 2020.After nearly four years of implementing the program, developed jointly by BHP-Billiton and Codelco, it has more than 90 projects and involves 73 suppliers


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