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Mining Automation Market Size - By Type (Underground Mining Automation, Surface Mining Automation), By Offering (Equipment, Software, Communication), By Application (Mining Operations, Mine Maintenance, Mine Developments), & Forecast, 2024 to 2032

  • Report ID: GMI8329
  • Published Date: Feb 2024
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Mining Automation Market Size

Mining Automation Market was valued at USD 3.5 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at over 8% CAGR between 2024 and 2032. The adoption of software in mining is driven by the need to enhance operational efficiency, safety, and regulatory compliance while optimizing resource utilization & environmental sustainability. Through data integration & analysis, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring & control, and geological modeling, mining software platforms enable mining companies to streamline processes, minimize downtime, and proactively manage risks.

Mining Automation Market

The increasing adoption of technologies in mining operations reflects an industry-wide shift toward automation to drive efficiency and competitiveness. As mining companies continue to prioritize safety, sustainability, and operational excellence, the adoption of automation is expected to accelerate, creating potential for innovation and optimization in the mining sector.

Mining operations involve a wide array of equipment & systems that need to seamlessly work together. Integrating various automation technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, drones, sensors, and data analytics platforms, can be challenging and requires careful planning and coordination. Furthermore, mining operations involve complex processes including drilling, blasting, hauling, processing, and transportation, which must be coordinated & optimized for efficient production. Designing and implementing automation solutions that can handle the complexity of mining operations requires advanced engineering & software development expertise.

Mining Automation Market Trends

Growing advancements in battery technology and electric vehicle technology have made it increasingly feasible and cost-effective to develop battery electric vehicles for mining applications. Improved battery performance, energy efficiency, and charging infrastructure contribute to the growth of electric vehicles in the mining sector. Moreover, the emergence of digitalization is driving the market demand. The integration of digital technologies into various aspects of mining operations is transforming the way mining companies plan, execute, and optimize their processes.

Mining Automation Market Analysis

Global Mining Automation Market Size, By Type, 2022-2032 (USD Billion)

Based on the type, the underground mining automation segment dominated the 50% of the market share in 2023.

  • With the increasing regulatory scrutiny in the mining sector such as cost pressures, and the need to minimize environmental impact, automation offers a strategic solution by streamlining operations, reducing labor requirements, and enabling predictive maintenance. This convergence of technological innovation and industry demands drives the rapid adoption and expansion of mining automation across underground and surface mining operations worldwide. For instance, in November 2022, Caterpillar Inc., a global leader in heavy equipment manufacturing, unveils its groundbreaking 793 battery electric prototype surface mining truck, marking a significant leap forward in sustainable mining technology.


Global Mining Automation Market Share, By Application, 2023 (%)

Based on the application, the mine maintenance segment is set to register a CAGR of over 9% through 2032.

  • With an increasing emphasis on operational efficiency, safety, and equipment reliability in the mining industry, there is a growing recognition of the critical role that proactive maintenance plays in optimizing asset performance and minimizing downtime. The adoption of advanced technologies such as predictive maintenance, condition monitoring, and asset management systems is driving the transition from reactive to proactive maintenance strategies. For instance, in June 2023, RPMGlobal launched its RPM MinePlanner, a next generation mine scheduling solution leveraging its renowned XPAC engine. MinePlanner integrates various mining methods and commodity types into a single enterprise package, boasting a complete core redesign featuring Smart Scheduling.


China Mining Automation Market Size, 2022-2032 (USD Million)

Asia Pacific mining automation market is likely to observe about 11.5% CAGR from 2024 to 2032. With the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and a robust regulatory framework, the government aims to unlock the full potential of India's mineral resources while promoting sustainable and responsible mining practices. For instance, in June 2023, the Indian government unveiled a groundbreaking proposal aimed at revolutionizing the country's mining sector. The proposal, spearheaded by the Ministry of Mines, seeks to fully automate mining operations across India to address discrepancies in mineral grades and ensure accurate valuation for calculating royalty revenue and auction premiums for states.

Mining Automation Market Share

ABB, an industrial technology company, drives significant advancements in mining automation through a comprehensive suite of solutions tailored to address the industry's unique demands. ABB's offerings encompass advanced control systems, integrated electrification solutions, remote monitoring, and asset management tools, alongside cutting-edge mine automation and digitalization technologies.

Caterpillar, a heavy equipment manufacturer, offers mining automation solutions such as Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS), remote control & teleoperation technologies, and integrated mine management systems. By leveraging advanced telematics & predictive maintenance tools, Caterpillar enables mining companies to optimize equipment performance, minimize downtime, and enhance safety in challenging mining environments.

Mining Automation Market Companies

Major players operating in the mining automation industry are:

  • ABB 
  • Caterpillar
  • Komatsu
  • Epiroc
  • Global Road Technology International Holdings (HK) Limited
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Sandviken

Mining Automation Industry News

  • In February 2024, Epiroc Group unveiled its latest drum cutter range with an innovative V-shaped design. The VC 3000 model offers the benefits of the entire V Cutter range along with energy savings of up to 40%, facilitating sustainability and efficiency in the mining & construction sectors. The intuitive design of the VC 3000 provides operators a user-friendly solution without compromising performance or effectiveness.
  • In July 2023, Hexagon AB acquired HARD-LINE, a provider of mine automation solutions, remote-control technology, and mine production optimization. HARD-LINE's provides remote control solutions and develops network infrastructure that facilitates the tele-remote operation of heavy machinery from secure control stations, whether on the surface or underground, regardless of distance. The acquisition strengthened Hexagon’s life-of-mine technology stack and complemented its existing product offerings. HARD-LINE's scalable technologies, which include electronic and hydraulic by-wire solutions, play a crucial role in improving remote-controlled mining operations and paving the way for full autonomy within the mining industry.

This mining automation market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Underground Mining Automation
  • Surface Mining Automation

Market, By Offering

  • Equipment
    • Autonomous Hauling
    • Autonomous Drilling Rigs
    • Underground Load-Haul-Dump (LHD) Holders
    • Others 
  • Software
    • Workforce Management System
    • Fleet Management System
    • Mine Design & Planning Software
    • Data management Software
    • Air Quality Detection Software
  • Communication
    • Wireless Mining Mesh Network
    • Navigation System
    • Cybersecurity solutions

Market, By Application

  • Mining Operations
  • Mine Maintenance
  • Mine Developments

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America 
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Suraj Gujar, Deeksha Vishwakarma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of mining automation was crossed USD 3.5 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at over 8% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, due to the higher adoption of various software to enhance operational efficiency, safety, and regulatory compliance.

The underground type segment recorded over 50% share of the mining automation market in 2023 and will grow up to 2032, owing to the increasing regulatory scrutiny in the mining sector such as cost pressures, and the need to minimize environmental impacts.

Asia Pacific mining automation market size is anticipated to register over 11.5% CAGR from 2024 and 2032, due to the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and robust regulatory frameworks.

Few of the prominent mining automation firms are ABB, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Epiroc, Global Road Technology International Holdings (HK) Limited, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., and Sandviken.

Mining Automation Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 14
  • Tables & Figures: 258
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 220
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