From January 10-12, 2023, the U.S.-Saudi Business Council (USSBC) will lead a delegation of U.S. companies to the Future Minerals Forum (FMF) in Riyadh. The five companies in the delegation are involved in a variety of different industries and provide specialized services and products that are in demand in the Saudi Mining Sector. The USSBC has organized a series of meetings with Saudi government entities involved in business development in the mining sector, as well as with Saudi-based companies seeking U.S. partners.
The USSBC will have a booth with promotional materials for the companies at the FMF and is open to any interested visitors. If you are a Saudi company attending the FMF, or are interested in meeting any of the participants of the delegation, please contact Abdulaziz Abunayyan to schedule a meeting or learn more:
Office phone: +966-1-476-2697
Mobile phone: +966-55-052-0021
Meet our delegation participants:
Apfelbaum Industrial, based in El Paso, Texas, supplies products and services to industrial sectors including oil reclaiming equipment, spare parts for turbine generators and aircraft engine, gensets, pumps, conveyors, gearboxes, speed reducers, and equipment for the mining industry. Apfelbaum has four divisions: 4 divisions: power generation, transmission & distribution, green power, and industrial. Apfelbaum exports its products to North African as well as Central and South American countries. End users include utilities and energy companies. The company would consider localization of its business in Saudi Arabia.
Established in 2005 in Utah, TechnoImaging is a leading geophysics technology company. It conducts geophysical surveys and provides the world’s most advanced 3D imaging solutions for all airborne, land, and marine geophysical methods for mineral, hydrological, geothermal, and oil and gas exploration and production. The fundamental advantage of TechnoImaging’s Glass Earth technology is that is based on the acquisition, interpretation, and inversion of multiphysics geophysical data; it provides integrated 3D geological/geophysical models and images of the subsurface represented by different petrophysical properties of the prospective deposits. These advances help make highly informed decisions related to the assessment and development of the mineral spectrum, groundwater, oil and gas reserves, geoengineering, construction, security, and defense applications.
The company has international collaborations in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Japan, and Norway. Key customers include Anglo American, BAE Systems, Barrick Gold, BHP, Cameco Resources, Duke Exploration ENI, ExxonMobil, Geoscience Australia, Haliburton, JOGMEC, Natural Resources Canada, Nuvia, Petrobras, Rio Tinto, Tullow Oil, Shell, Stateoil, Sumitomo, Tech Resources, Total, and USGS, to name just a few. In Saudi Arabia, TechnoImaging involvements include:
- Several mineral exploration projects for Ma’aden.
- Glass Earth® (Pilot) Project with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The collaboration aimed to provide a roadmap for natural resources exploration in the survey area. The project involved the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of airborne electromagnetic, gravity, and magnetic geophysical data over an initial 8,000 sq km area in Saudi Arabia. TechnoImaging applied its advanced Glass Earth® technology to identify potential mining targets which can be associated with gold and other base metals deposits such as zinc and copper.
- Collaboration with Saudi Aramco to develop new method of well-logging for oil exploration.
Tronox is the world’s leading vertically integrated producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2), which is the base pigment used in all paints and coatings. It also produces titanium dioxide feedstock and caustic soda. The company supplies to Saudi Arabia as well as Africa, Europe, Asia, and other GCC countries. End users include Banjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and AkzoNobel. Tronox is also one of the world’s largest miners of titanium-bearing ore, known as heavy mineral concentrates (HMCs). Together with Tasnee, its largest shareholder, Tronox is developing the world’s largest smelter to process HMCs in Jazan City.
Voovio is a global deep tech company headquartered in Houston (US) and Madrid (Spain). Founded by a group of experts in machine learning, industrial R&D, and automation, Voovio aims to make industrial processes more efficient, profitable, environmentally friendlier, and safer. The company’s technology platform allows capturing and analysis of data regarding the system processes and workforce productivity and execution to complement the plant’s digital twins, enabling businesses to boost performance, reduce downtime and time required for turnarounds, and solve industrial training and knowledge transfer challenges. It also holds a portfolio of patents for transforming simple 2D photos of assets into 3D interactive spaces. Clients are leaders in innovation in petrochemicals and process industries, prioritizing development of their staff through digital transformation. Plant managers, unit managers, operations managers, and learning & development professionals use the technology to increase operator competency, save money in training, and avoid incidents/downtime. The company sells in Saudi Arabia and has offices in Dubai and Spain.