MineSense Technologies nets $19 mln in Aurus Ventures-led deal


MineSense, a British Columbia-based company recently named to the Global Cleantech 100, is a pioneer in industrial IoT providing real-time, sensor-based ore sorting solutions for large-scale mines. © Copyright MineSense 2017

MineSense Technologies Ltd, a Vancouver provider of data analytics systems for the mining industry, has secured $19 million in a follow-on financing. Chile’s Aurus Ventures led the round. It was joined by Caterpillar Ventures, the venture arm of Caterpillar Inc, and existing investors Chrysalix Venture Capital, Cycle Capital Management, Prelude Ventures and Export Development Canada. Founded in 2008, MineSense provides real-time, sensor-based ore sorting solutions that help improve the productivity and environmental footprint of mines. It plans to use the funds raised to commercialize its technology. MineSense is led by President and CEO Jeff More.

(Correction: It was previously reported by PE Hub Canada that the MineSense financing was co-led by Aurus Ventures and Caterpillar Ventures. Aurus alone led the round.)

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MineSense Technologies Closes $19 Million Financing Led by New Investors Aurus Ventures and Caterpillar Ventures

Existing shareholders Chrysalix, Cycle, Prelude and EDC also participate to fund commercialization of breakthrough smart mining technology

February 15, 2017: Vancouver, Canada MineSense™ Technologies Ltd, a company that provides data analytics systems for the mining industry, has closed a CAD$19 million financing. The round was led by Aurus Ventures and included Caterpillar Venture Capital, the venture investment arm of the mining equipment giant, as well as 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.”

About MineSense Technologies

MineSense, a British Columbia-based company recently named to the Global Cleantech 100, is a pioneer in industrial IoT providing real-time, sensor-based ore sorting solutions for large-scale mines. The Company’s fast, scalable, and robust mineral sensing platform creates transformational value by providing precise, accurate, real-time grade control and ore routing decisions at the point of extraction for maximum resource conversion and metal recovery, reducing the CO2 emissions and the consumption of wear materials, energy, water and reagents during the whole mining process. By optimizing current practices this way, MineSense significantly improves a mining company’s bottom line and overall sustainability. For more information, please visit www.minesense.com.

To learn more about the MineSense Solution or to enquire about a field trial, please email info@minesense.com or call +1 604 449 3780.

For additional information:
Jeff More, President & CEO
+1 604 449 3780
info@minesense.com

Photo courtesy of Chrysalix Venture Capital