Mining Web Index, a comprehensive, Internet-based interactive tool created to bridge the gap and combat problems in the mining sector, opened its supplier sign-up page on 29 August 2011, with the whole Web-based tool set for launch on 10 November 2011.
Catering for the full mining spectrum, Mining Web Index is designed to revolutionise the face of the mining industry, and to be the sector’s only Internet-based, search-interactive trade tool combating problems such as sourcing quality supplies at competitive prices, and providing faster turnaround times for buyers.
On the suppliers’ side, it’s difficult to gain the exposure needed to break into and expand in the mining industry.
As one of its solutions to the problems in the mining sector, Mining Web Index will connect suppliers and buyers on a global level when it expands throughout Africa in 2012, followed by Australasia and the Americas in 2013.
At the click of a mouse, the Mining Web Index will offer equal opportunity for all players in the mining industry. The tool will provide a forum where suppliers have got a chance to quote, even if the supplier has not approached the mine before or if the mine has never heard of them.
Suppliers that get on board can look to reap greater rewards from using this portal when it opens up to users in November.

Mining Web Index will offer suppliers benefits including but not limited to:
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Cost savings on introductions of their companies to buyers.
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Exposure to the industry that’s not influenced by commissions expected by agencies or brokers.
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Time savings as the Mining Web Index  tool is fast and user-friendly.
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Less sole reliance on online directories that are too complicated to use.
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Equal opportunities for all suppliers on the Mining Web Index database to quote on a request from a user.
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Access to global buyers.
On the other hand, the users – comprising of mines, mine-contractors and project managers – will reap the following benefits from Mining Web Index:
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Access to multiple suppliers.
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Access to enhanced quality products and services as the portal comes with a rating system that will compel every supply to deliver the best.
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Access to competitive prices from suppliers.
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Faster turnaround time on products and services.
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Elimination of price fixing, as suppliers have no idea who they are quoting against.