in mining innovation
Jolimont Global invests in high growth mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies. The METS sector presents outstanding investment opportunities, magnified in an environment of volatile commodity prices and historically high operating costs. Mining companies rely increasingly on METS companies to provide incremental as well as step-change solutions to improve productivity and lower costs.
Jolimont Global has a highly experienced senior executive team with extensive commercial experience in mining, technology, private equity and finance. Founded by Jolimont Capital (Lex McArthur and Charles Gillies) with a track record of success in commercialising new technologies including 29 investments since 2003. Jolimont Global is a joint venture between Jolimont Capital and Resource Capital Funds (RCF), one of the pioneers in large resource-focused private equity funding. RCF has supported >100 mining and mining-services companies involving projects located in 39 countries, relating to >25 commodities.
Investing in Innovation
Jolimont Global is at the forefront of emerging technologies and ideas in the mining sector. We are continually scanning and evaluating best-in-breed mining technology products and services from around the world and have extensive relationships with leading research institutions and universities globally. We have met with and reviewed over 300 companies in our travels to the locations indicated on the adjacent heat map.
These are assessed on how well and how quickly they can deliver productivity improvements and bring significant solutions for mining companies. The end result is to make life safer and easier for front-line operational managers and teams while adding value to the operation.
Jolimont Global brings more than just capital. The team brings its industry knowledge, operational experience, and extensive networks.
Chief Executive Officer
Lex is co-founder and CEO of Jolimont Global. In 2000, Lex founded and was CEO of ADI, a technology seed investor. Previously, he was CEO of Emerge CMC Ltd, a joint venture between IT vendors Oracle, NEC, Telstra and four major universities to commercialise online business applications.
His mining industry experience includes time as a Mining Engineer at Mt Isa in Queensland and as CEO of a mining software company providing reporting to mining companies. Lex has a B.Eng (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mineral Economics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, is a GAICD and FINSIA Associate.
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Charles has 13 years Private Equity experience at Partner level working actively with management teams on financings, restructurings and marketing. Charles has been or is a Director of HumanWare, Plantic, Redfern Polymer Optics, RIO and Fitness2Live. He is also a director of Monash Health.
Charles has a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School (he was the HJ Heinz Scholar in 1991), is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a GAICD and has a Bachelor of Science/Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Non Executive Director
Ian has over 30 years of mining industry experience. He started his career as a mechanical engineer, then worked as a merchant banker before becoming a senior executive in private equity. He is a former Partner of Resource Capital Funds and a past Associate Director of Rothschild Australia Limited.
Ian has sat on the boards of nine mining companies, two mining services groups, and a leading mining private equity firm. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from The University of Western Australia. He is an MIEAust (CPEng), an MAusIMM and a GAICD.
Non Executive Director
Larry has over 25 years experience in enabling knowledge based businesses, technology finance, strategic planning, regional development and executive management. Larry spent 17 years at SVB Financial Group, a publicly traded US financial services company specializing in technology finance. During his tenure at SVB, he was involved in many of the strategic initiatives that helped the bank evolve into a global powerhouse in technology finance. He was the co-founder of the Bank’s international venture capital practice and responsible for the Bank’s activities in Europe, Israel and Australia.
Larry has a BSc in Business Administration from Menlo College, and is a Graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University Washington in Seattle.
John has over 20 years experience in equity research and corporate finance focused primarily on the global mining industry and global commodities. His most recent role in banking and corporate finance included Managing Director, Head of Metals and Mining for Deutsche Bank where he was advisor on a number of Australia’s largest mining cross border deals.
Prior to that John was Head of Deutsche Bank’s European Company Research as well as Global Mining Company Research head, based in London. John graduated from Macquarie University and the University of Ballarat and holds a B.Eng (Mining) and Post Graduate Diploma in Geoscience (Mineral Economics) with industry experience as a Mining Engineer in copper, lead/zinc and nickel mining operations in Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Lyle Bruce has a track record of achievement in managing and growing mining technology businesses. He was Managing Director of GroundProbe from 2003 to 2013, taking it from zero revenue to a trade sale of more than $100m in 2010.
GroundProbe received the Australian Export Award in 2005 and Lyle was Ernst & Young’s Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.
He is currently Chairman of MineWare Pty Ltd, a dragline monitoring software company and Director of Edansafe Pty Ltd, a heavy equipment driver fatigue systems company. Lyle was previously a Director of the Australian-Latin American Business Council, Member of the Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council, General Manager – Metallurgical Development MIM and General Manager – MIM Process Technologies.
Lawrence brings 35 years of experience in hard rock mining operations, engineering, planning and technology introduction to Jolimont. Most recently Lawrence was Senior Director of Newmont’s Mining Technology group where he led projects in new technologies like unmanned aircraft systems, autonomous mining, mechanical excavation systems and complex optimization software systems.
Lawrence was responsible for Newmont’s mining R&D programs and its relationships with universities and suppliers. Prior to joining Newmont Lawrence was VP and General Manager of Datamine North America, a major mining software company. Beginning as an underground miner he holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in civil engineering and M.Eng. in mine engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Chief Financial Officer
Carol has been the Chief Financial Officer of Jolimont Capital since 2007. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London since 1988, Carol came to Melbourne on secondment in 1989, becoming an Australian citizen in 1995. After working in Audit, Accounting and Tax Accounting she moved to a Practice Manager position and, before joining Jolimont Capital, was a Practice Manager for both Accounting and Legal Firms.
Carol has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from the University of Leicester, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
“Jolimont Global is both an investor and a strategic partner”
– Alex Cervinka – CEO, Newtrax
APE Mobile is a private Australian based software company, headquartered in Perth, Australia, and founded by Matthew Edwards and David Hayward.
The Company has developed a ‘paperless site’ software application used by construction and engineering contractors, resources services and mining companies to more efficiently manage site documents and processes on iPads and web devices.
By providing an essential productivity tool without requiring wholesale business changes, APE Mobile quickly, becomes invaluable to clients. As a result, APE Mobile is seeing incredible “word of mouth” sales.
Newtrax is a leader in electronic safety and automation products for underground mines. Its unique MineHop™ wireless networking platform is designed to extend network connectivity in active mining areas where permanent communications infrastructure is not yet installed, is not economically viable or could get damaged from blasting.
MineHop™ complements other networks, with a unique feature – no wires for power. The wireless nodes are installed in seconds with only a tie-wrap and can be daisy chained all the way up to the face by operators, without assistance from electricians or IT professionals
The Blast Movement Monitoring (BMM) system from BMT comprises transponders, a specialised portable detector and proprietary software. The transponders are placed in the rock prior to blasting and located after the blast using the detector. Software calculates the movement vectors to determine the ore’s location after the blast.
By monitoring the movement of rock from blasting, the location of valuable ore is known, allowing effective selective mining
SciAps is an instrumentation company specializing in handheld instruments that are used to identify compounds, minerals, and elements, both on-site and in real-time.
The Company’s flagship product for the mining sector is the LIBZ Z – a family of handheld elemental analyzers using the spectroscopic technique known as laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. The interest from the mining sector is due to three advantages of the LIBZ technology compared to other handheld technologies: a) a wider elemental range, extending down to hydrogen in the Periodic Table of Elements,
b) the 50 um rastered laser that allows in-field micro analysis for the first time ever, and
c) there is no x-ray radiation, as the device is entirely laser-based.
Minnovare is an Australian-based mining technology company. Minnovare’s ground-breaking product, the Azimuth Aligner, is delivering unprecedented efficiency to the underground drilling process, by substantially reducing rig set-up time. Launched in March 2012, Minnovare’s Azimuth Aligner enables a drill rig operator to achieve correct orientation in up to 90% less time compared to traditional labour intensive manual alignment methods – which typically include a string line, plum bob and surveyor. In addition to providing significant productivity gains, the Azimuth Aligner is a critical enabling technology for the introduction of autonomous, semi-autonomous and remotely operated rigs.
About SmartCap Technologies Brisbane, Australia.
Founded in 2009, SmartCap Technologies is an innovative wearables company located in Brisbane, Australia. The technology behind Life by SmartCap was initially developed to overcome the limitations of fatigue monitoring technologies. Today, SmartCap is used by some of the world’s largest companies and has expanded beyond mining.
Perth, Australia – APE Mobile, an established Australian software company that has developed an innovative paperless site app for the Construction, Mining and Oil & Gas industries to enable greater efficiency in managing on-site documents on iPads and web devices, is pleased to announce the raising of $2 million in a series A funding round led by Jolimont Global and Viburnum Funds. Read the APE Mobile_Press Release
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan today unveiled two new initiatives to help drive growth in the state’s $17 billion mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. Mr Ryan said the new Victorian METS Capability Statement, developed by AustMine with funding support from the Victorian Coalition Government, identified the sector as a key driver of economic and jobs growth.
Melbourne, Australia -‐ Jolimont Global Mining Systems (‘Jolimont’), a private equity investor in high growth mining equipment, technology and services (‘METS’) companies, today announced the first investment from its fund, into Newtrax Technologies Inc. (‘Newtrax’) – a leading provider of electronic safety and automation products for underground mines, based in Montreal.
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