Operations

Mining Innovation

Innovation is essential to Exxaro, and it’s at the core of all of our success.

The Digital@Exxaro programme was launched to promote the Exxaro digitalisation and innovation journey, and has shown that using digital, the company operates its mining assets on the lowest quartile through improved productivity, reduced costs and improved safety performance.

As a testament to these efforts, we won the top prize at the 19th annual SA National Business Awards in the Innovation category for our digitalisation and innovation journey, which is an integral part of our organisational strategy.

Our CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo, also understands how critical innovation is. He believes that, “Technology changes are all around us and coming faster than ever. We realised years ago that we cannot afford to wait and wonder how the latest digital technology innovations will change things within the mining industry, which is why we decided to take advantage of emerging technologies to accelerate our performance.”

Exxaro’s digital transformation has been centred around the implementation of the value chain visualisation tools where relevant data points are collected in real time across the business. The primary objective is to visualise operational constraints in real time as this allows us to manage ore flow, our equipment, and the coal from exploration to market.

Some areas where innovation has been used in the business to optimise and provide excellence include:

  • Middle Eye: a platform built with the intention of aligning the overall Exxaro value chain to better meet market requirements and improve medium- and short-term planning integration across the value chain.
  • Digital employees: to connect with its workforce, Exxaro has 20 digital employees who assist with freeing up time for value-adding activities – while using specialised software – by completing repetitive, routine tasks and processes.

We value our workforce and understand that these successes depend on a holistic approach that considers not only technology but process optimisation and people enablement. We empower our employees to harness the power of innovation by upskilling them, and have initiatives, such as our annual Show and Tell, where we showcase the impact and effectiveness of technology and digital used throughout our business.

EXXARO INNOVATION PROJECTS





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