13 | Noviembre | 2013

World Class Suppliers’ Program begins a New Stage with Supplier Companies

With a new model based on sustainability and a collaborative relationship between mining companies and its suppliers, through acceleration, there is an interest to develop new skills and learning in the program participants.

In order to scale and increase the growth rate of the innovation businesses generated within the framework of the World Class Suppliers’ Program, BHP Billiton and Codelco, with the support of Fundación Chile and CORFO, proposed a new model based work sustainability and a collaborative relationship between mining companies and supplier companies.

The new phase focuses on growth and on the acceleration of supplier companies, by adding new actors, such as Endeavor, universities and their technology and innovation centers, experts on technology and business packaging, the development of technology-based businesses and of high potential, and aspects related to industrial protection, among others.

To implement this model, a protocol for the initiative of accelerating mining suppliers towards the world class, was signed on Friday November 8th. The activity was attended by representatives of BHP Billiton, Minera Escondida Limitada, Codelco, Innova- CORFO, Universidad Católica de Chile through DICTUC, Universidad de la Frontera in partnership with Innmomentum, Technical University Federico Santa María through its 3ie Center, Endeavor, in addition to the program’s participant suppliers.

The general manager/CEO at Fundación Chile, Marcos Kulka, highlighted the benefits of this new approach, explaining that "the emphasis of this new phase focuses on the alignment between the actors, sharing skills, knowledge and resources among them, in order to generate further new technologies".

To this date, the program has 68 projects under development, which involve 60 suppliers. By 2017 it is expected that this program will be consolidated, involving new mining companies, and even other industries.

Meanwhile, the manager of Communities and Environment at Codelco, Jorge Sanhueza, pointed out the role that mining companies have through technological surveillance. In addition, it was agreed with Gabriel Martinez, manager of supplies at Minera Escondida, that it is necessary to leverage the collaboration with other mining companies and, even other industries, in order to generate new technologies that benefit the development of the industry and the country.

In that sense, Matías Acevedo, corporate manager at CORFO, emphasized that the new phase of this program, "we hope to improve, diversify and increase Chilean suppliers towards a global offer of goods and services for the mining industry, helping to build a great new industry with a long and auspicious future for Chile".