'Mining activity is on the rise'
Andrew Pyne, CEO, Surpac Software (India) Pvt. Ltd,
an Indian subsidiary of Gemcom Software International Inc., Vancouver, Canada
and also the CEO of Gemcom Asia Pacific Pty Ltd, who manages Gemcom's business
throughout the Asia Pacific and Russian region, spoke to Madhu Chittora.
The Canada-based Gemcom Software International Inc is having big plans for India
office as well as for other offices. Excerpts from the interview:
How do you envisage the growth in the mining industry?
What are the challenges?
Mining activity related to all types of minerals and ores has picked up and
registered an upswing in the country. In the years to come to meet the growing
requirements like of power, steel and other areas the mining activities will
rise further. For coal mining, private participation has now been operating.
Limestone and iron ore mining is being done at a rapid pace in India. India also
exports some of its minerals and ores. Lots of development is taking place
across all the sectors and it will result in increase demand for raw materials.
For instance, Cement industry reflected a good growth in the past and raw
materials which are required for manufacturing cement will be great in demand.
However, some changes need to be made like legislation should be made more
efficient for the mining industry, granting of mining license should be faster
-all these will promote greater participation of the companies in the mining
Demand for the raw material is the real challenge for the mining companies. By
bringing in more efficiency like by adopting better technologies, the company's
can increase the throughput and will be able to capitalize on the growing
Lack of technical professional especially in the area of engineering and geology
Moreover, mining professionals of India are exploring opportunities in the
international market and finding assignments in Indonesia, Africa, Australia and
other countries. Non-availability of large and huge capacity mining equipments.
About the company's worldwide and India operations.
Gemcom Software International Inc. provides mining software solutions spanning
exploration through production management. The company's software enables its
clients to interpret geological deposits, develop and optimize mine designs and
plans, schedule and manage production. Globally the turnover of the company is
around $55 million and market capitalization of the company is around $130
For India office, the company is having huge expansion plans. From the next year
onwards the company wants to offer consultancy services in mining for the Indian
market. The company also wants to offer the technical support to the companies
who are in mining or plans to venture in the mining operations. In the long
term, the company also plans to explore acquisition options and further
technology upgradation. The company also develops software products in India.
Besides, having Research & Development Centre in India, it is also having R & D
Centers in Canada and Australia.
Gemcom products are used in more than 90 countries with companies among our
global client we have like De Beers, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton etc. The company is
operating in more than 21 countries including India.
India has a very special position in Gemcom, where we employ more than 30 mining
professional and operate an office in Hyderbad which looks after R&D, sales and
customer support. The company offers software and training to academic
institutions. Some of the clients in India are: Tata Steel, Aditya Birla Group,
Vedanta Group, Lafarge, Ambuja besides the Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological
survey of India, Coal India, Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited, Mecon,
Engineers India Limited etc. In India, the company's softwares are running with
academic institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and the
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
[December 3-9, 2007]