MineSense secures $19M financing led by Aurus

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By Ted Liu

MineSense Technologies Ltd, an industrial IoT company that provides data analytics systems for the mining industry, has raised CDN $19 million in funding led by Aurus Ventures and included Caterpillar Venture Capital, and participation from existing investors Chrysalix Venture Capital, Cycle Capital Management, Prelude Ventures and Export Development Canada (EDC).

“MineSense has developed ground-breaking sensor technology and a data analytics software platform that will provide mining operations with real time information about their ore body not previously available. This has a significant impact on both the mines’ productivity and environmental footprint,” said Victor Aguilera, Managing Director of Aurus Ventures. “This is one of the most exciting new technologies to come into the mining sector with the potential of significantly improving the industry’s profitability.”

“Ore grade control has a significant impact on revenue for mining companies. The goal of Caterpillar’s relationship with MineSense is to take our customers’ grade control to the next level,” said Jim Hawkins, Managing Director of Mining Technology for Caterpillar. “MineSense’s technology improves ore-waste classification to optimize value. This investment is another example of Caterpillar’s focus on bringing new technology to mining.”

The MineSense system integrates directly into existing mining shovels and conveyers to provide real-time information that enables ore sorting and enhances mine planning. Through recent field trials, MineSense has demonstrated that its technology platform can improve the bottom line at a single mine by $20 to $200 million annually.

“Aurus will bring an international view and a window into the important Chilean market,” said Jeff More, CEO of MineSense. “And having a major player like Caterpillar as a new strategic investor provides a strong partner with global reach. We are also thrilled to have the continued support of our existing investors.”

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