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Phibion wins Australian Export Award


Phibion’s innovative mine tailings management technology has been acknowledged at Australia’s prized Export Awards, winning the 2023 Resources & Energy Exporter of the Year Award.


It caps off a momentous year for Phibion, having launched its world-leading autonomous MudMaster® amphibious vehicle and expanding its accelerated mechanical consolidation (AMC) operations in Australia, the Caribbean and South America.


Chief Executive Officer Jacques Janse said: “Phibion is delighted to receive this prestigious award – particularly in the Resources & Energy category which represents Australia’s largest export sector.


“Having won the Premier of Queensland’s Export Award in October, this win at the 61st Australian Export Awards is further recognition that the investment we’ve made in our technology and our people sets a new benchmark in intelligent mine tailings management.”


Mr Janse acknowledged the support of the Queensland Government through its dedicated global business agency, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ).


“TIQ has provided Phibion with practical, on-the-ground assistance to export our new tailings dam management technology and develop our global presence,” Mr Janse said.


“Our MudMaster® machines are assembled and exported from our Brisbane factory, where we also work with many local suppliers and have helped them to grow too.”


Phibion’s driverless Dart MudMaster®, launched at the World Mining Congress in June 2023, means even greater efficiency and savings for mine operators, as well as improved safety and environmental outcomes for communities.


The amphibious MudMaster® technology system works to make tailings dams safer and smaller by rapid insitu dewatering of tailings, recovering 40% of water trapped in tailings and increasing the strength up to 30KPA at a fraction of the cost of traditional filtration systems.


Phibion can resource, plan, manage and monitor AMC operations at any scale and in any location. As well as mine tailings management, the technology can also be used in land reclamation projects by providing rapid dewatering and generating residual strength in dredged materials.


About the award:

The Australian Export Awards, presented by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), is Australia's longest running export awards program. Phibion was one of four Queensland-based winners out of a total of 13 award categories.

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