THE latest technology and a fully-integrated supply chain are benefits of Fortescue Metals Group’s new coordination centre, known as the Fortescue Hive.

Fortescue Founder and Chairman, Dr Andrew Forrest AO and chief executive Elizabeth Gaines celebrated the official opening in Perth with leaders of politics and industry.

The purpose-built facility includes Fortescue’s planning, operations and mine control teams, together with port, rail, shipping and marketing teams.

According to FMG, the newly-refurbished space allows 330 team members across Fortescue’s complete supply chain to work together, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to deliver “improved safety, reliability, efficiency and commercial outcomes”.

“Mining is one of the most innovative industries in the world. Fortescue has long been a technology leader in the industry and was the first mining operation in Western Australia to control a railway from a remote location when we unveiled our Train Control Centre in Perth in 2009,” Dr Forrest said.

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“Since then Fortescue has continued to lead the pack and today we officially launch the Fortescue Hive, our reimagined IOC, which sits at the heart of our integrated supply chain to deliver critical ores to develop the great cities of our region and beyond.”

Chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said Fortescue had developed the world’s most advanced vertically integrated bulk operations infrastructure.

“We are very proud to open our enhanced IOC, the Fortescue Hive, which enables us to operate our globally significant mines from the centre of Perth,” Ms Gaines said.

Chief operating officer Greg Lilleyman said FMG’s integrated management of the mine to market supply chain was “unique to our industry”.

“By ensuring our teams are truly integrated we can capitalise on market dynamics and respond to the needs of our customers,” Mr Lilleyman said.

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