Highservice Historia



Industrial Support Company Ltda., HighService, was born on February 2009, as Hugo Salamanca Poblete’s initiative, an Electrical Civil Engineer, graduated from University of Concepción with over 10 years of experience in mining, at that time.


1999 In October 1999, the first and oldest business unit is created, Services Management (GSER), which supported the first contract for Minera Los Pelambres. Furthermore, it supported also contracts with other mining customers such as: Chuquicamata Division, Ministro Hales Division and Gabriela Mistral Division, El Teniente Division, Andina Division of Codelco-Chile; Caserones Project of Minera Lumina Copper Chile; Sierra Gorda of KGHM, Mantos Blancos Division and Los Bronces Division of Anglo American Chile and Dona Ines of Collahuasi.


In 2000, a second business unit, Drive and Automatic Control Management (A&CA) is created in order to provide specialized technical assistance of ring mill engines technology at SAG mills in Concentration Plants. Thus, its first international experience began in 2004, at Sossego mine in Brazil, then followed Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Zambia and Australia. It currently has contracts with national mining customers and other customers from the region (Argentina and Brazil).


2001 During year 2001, the third business unit, Technological Innovation Management (Innotech) is created, in order to prospect and develop opportunities to incorporate new technologies in the mining industry, such as: Smart Wear Sensor System for mill liners and Collision Avoidance System for Mining Vehicles (FleetSafety). In 2012 a contract was signed with Escondida Mining, for online and remote monitoring of the line coatings wear of SAG mills No. 3 and 4, of their Concentration Plants. That same year, a contract with El Tesoro Mining is also carried out, to provide and maintain the FleetSafety System for the extraction trucks and light vehicles park.


In 2001, HighService signed a commercial and technological agreement with Kuka Robotic from Germany, for the development of robotic applications in mining, which would produce their first results in 2005, through the installation and commissioning of the first mining robot in the world, in Radomiro Tomic plant, part of Codelco North Division.


In 2007, another important milestone takes place, the creation of the consortium Mining Industrial Robotic Solutions (MIRS), a Joint Venture between HighService, Codelco, Nippon Mining and Kuka Robotics, created to give robotic solutions to advanced companies in modern mining and worldwide metallurgy. Robotic projects have been materialized within national and international markets and the most recent project was in 2015 when it is put in place the first Starter Sheet Robotic Stripping Machine in the world, in Amarillo’s refinery in Texas.


The former Construction Unit, which was created in 2001 as a need to carry our works of improvment, to mantain Los Pelambres Mining concentrator Plant, it becomes in 2012 the Engineering and Construction Managment, winning three projects to date, Mantos Blancos Divsion of Anglo American, Sierra Gorda of KGHM and Minera Escondida operated by BHP Billiton.


Aiming to expand its services and products to the global mining, at the end of 2014 as part of a general restructuring, the HighService Holding is formed, constituting 4 companies, which are: HighService Service, HighService Technology, HighService Engineering & Construction and MIRS.