The mining technology arm of American robotics company Autonomous Solutions Inc (ASI) has selected Meridian Park at Neerabup in Western Australia as the site of its Australian office to facilitate access to the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct (AARP).
ASI Mining, based in Utah, is undertaking the world’s largest mixed mine haulage fleet automation project at the Roy Hill iron ore operation in the state’s north.
ASI’s automation and traffic control systems are also used across the agriculture, automotive and construction industries.
It will grow its local market support and development team from Neerabup where the 51-hectare AARP is Australia’s largest research automation, robotics, remote operations and zero emissions technology precinct, operated by national innovation ecosystem and infrastructure builder CORE Innovation Hub.
Work has begun on a $7.3 million world-class Common User Facility operations building, which will include lab and warehouse spaces, training and meeting rooms, and co-working and collaboration areas. The facility will act as the AARP headquarters and will run on emission-free solar power connected to a battery and microgrid network.
“The Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct has been designed for industry and innovators, offering a dedicated, state-of-the-art development, testing, training and demonstration space, providing more opportunities to diversify the WA economy,” said the state’s Lands Minister, John Carey.
“Industry interest in the AARP has seen strong demand at Meridian Park from businesses seeking a location with proximity to the innovation precinct and its facilities.
“The world-class facilities are a major drawcard for robotics and automation businesses across the globe who are looking to innovate and collaborate on emerging technologies.”
WA Innovation and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson said in welcoming ASI, the AARP was delivering on its vision for providing local, national and global companies a first-rate testing and development environment.
“The AARP is set to grow the innovation within the state, with local companies showcasing and testing cutting-edge solutions tailored to key WA industries,” he said.
“With companies like ASI Mining innovating at the AARP, WA has a fantastic opportunity to collaborate, grow and learn from some of the brightest minds in the field.”