Siemens has provided automation equipment and industrial networks to assist Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats) Engineering Skills Training Centre (ESTC). One of the pillars of digitalization is industrial networks and security and it is crucial that these engineers understand the role of this technology in the future of mining, Siemens said.

Siemens said it is continuously expanding its leadership role in Industrial Digitalization. There is an opportunity, especially in Africa, to embrace new and exponential technologies combined with human talent to accelerate industrialization and drive economic growth, according to the company.

“We are proud to be supporting [Amplats] to advance skills and opportunities in Africa,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.

Gary Humphries, executive head for processing for Amplats, was appreciative of Siemens completion of another skills project at the ESTC.

“Siemens and [Amplats] have been in partnership since 2010 and we have seen approximately 298 artisans successfully trained and qualified at this center,” Humphries said. “This vital contribution by Siemens to ESTC will significantly contribute toward the development of the human resource capabilities of our artisans and will help broaden the thinking of the students to explore new career capabilities.”