METS Queensland Clustering Initiative

In 2019, METS Ignited will continue to work with the Queensland Government to support the formation of clusters of complementary expertise to deliver collaborative solutions to key mining industry challenges in Queensland.

Current activities:

METS Ignited and the Queensland Government have invited internationally recognised clustering superstar Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, CEO of Cluster Navigators Ltd to speak at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on Tuesday 9 July, 2019.

As part of the Queensland Clustering Initiative, METS Ignited and the Queensland Government are actively progressing early stage clustering opportunities on the following topics:

Previous activities:

METS Ignited and the Queensland Government are pleased to announce Serge Zaccaria as the Cluster Development Manager for the Queensland Cluster Initiative.

METS Ignited and the Queensland are actively progressing early stage clustering opportunities on the topics of water treatment, tailings and abandoned minesites, as a direct result of the outcomes achieved as part of last year's clustering activities.

The next Queensland Cluster workshop will focus on Automation and Robotics in the first quarter of 2019.

In June 2018, the Queensland Cluster Initiative was launched with significant attendance and interest from METS, mining companies, research institutions and government and industry bodies.

At this event, participants were invited to start thinking about possible cluster themes most relevant to the expertise in the region, and following a post-event survey some front-runners emerged.

In September, METS Ignited partnered with the Queensland Government to host two workshops to support the creation of clusters around the themes of social licence and digital solutions for resources.

Following the success of these workshops to narrow the focus of the clustering initiative, METS Ignited and the Queensland Government invited participants to contribute real industry challenges for discussion at the next sessions.

The clustering workshops in November and December have progressed the refinement of key topics of interest and expertise to be progressed in 2019.

Cluster Development Manager, Sergio Zaccaria

In his role as Cluster Development Manager Sergio will work with a wide array of businesses. These businesses will range from major miners and contractors to SMEs engaged in providing products, services and technology to the mining and resources industries.

Sergio will engage with METS companies to understand and capture their capabilities within these sectors to inform strategic and operational planning.

This engagement will form the basis for METS business capability mapping, helping to develop a comprehensive database of Queensland METS company's capabilities in responding to current and future mining challenges.

With a greater understanding of the Queensland METS industry, Sergio will work with local, state and federal government stakeholders to identify and support opportunities for Queensland METS to realise new commercial ventures in domestic and international markets.

Underpinning this work will be a best practice clustering model, encouraging companies to form collaborative alliances that will greatly assist future initiatives and growth by linking SMEs, mining houses, tier one contractors and the wider research community in Queensland.

Sergio invites METS companies to get in touch, to help progress effective collaborative activity; provide direct access to resources (including technical, financial and export assistance); helping to drive the best possible outcomes for METS businesses and the sector.

Contact Sergio Zaccaria on email: or phone: 0490 545 556.