Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in collaboration with the University of Chile and other industry and research partners, has created a new mining research centre in Santiago, Chile.

The new centre, the Chile International Centre of Excellence in Mining and Mineral Processing, will tackle key challenges faced by the Australian and Chilean mining industries.

The centre is set to benefit Australia by creating bilateral business opportunities for service companies, improving the efficiency and competitiveness of the industry and advancing scientific research.

With the new centre, Chile will get access to new and existing technologies in the mining sector.

The centre will also be co-funded by the Chilean Government and will be supported by CICITEM, the University of Antofogasto and industry partners such as BHP Billiton Codelco, Anglo American Chile, Antofagasta Minerals and Xstrata Copper.