Chrysalix Executive Chairman & Founding Partner Wal van Lierop
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Bengaluru, NFAPost: Chrysalix Venture Capital, a global venture capital fund with a long history commercialising step-change innovation for resource-intensive industries, announces a new investment in the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund from Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (“Hitachi Construction Machinery”), a world-leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment.

Hitachi Construction Machinery joins an established cluster of mining and metals investors in the fund and will leverage Chrysalix’s extensive network in the mining field to strengthen open innovation by connecting with startups that possess the latest technologies for mining in areas such as robotic systems, IoT, AI and data analytics. 

Commenting on the new initiative, Chrysalix Venture Capital Vice President Alicia Lenis said Chrysalix has made step-change innovations in the metals and mining, manufacturing and machinery industries.

Robotic technology

“It is made possible through digital solutions and advanced robotics technologies, a major theme of our fund and we are delighted to welcome Hitachi Construction Machinery to the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund,” said Chrysalix Venture Capital Vice President Alicia Lenis.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Chief Strategy Officer ­­­­­­­Naoyoshi Yamada said the company has identified Chrysalix as having a valuable network of startups in its global innovation ecosystem, and a unique window on innovation opportunities in the mining industry.

“With the trends toward digitalization, the autonomous operation and electrification of mining machinery, as well as the growing need for solutions to streamline and optimize not only mining machinery but also overall mining operations, many startups offer novel technologies and services and our investment in the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund will enable Hitachi Construction Machinery to tap into these new breakthroughs,” said Hitachi Construction Machinery Chief Strategy Officer ­­­­­­­Naoyoshi Yamada.

The Chrysalix RoboValley Fund seeks to achieve significant returns for its investors by enabling resource intensive industries, including energy, mining, construction, infrastructure and mobility, to tap into innovation from high growth startups.

Investors in the fund include Fortune 500 companies, leading corporates, financial institutions, family offices and universities, and a notable cluster of metals and mining players, such as South32, Severstal and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Chrysalix is a technology focused venture capital firm that builds, mentors and connects high growth companies. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2001, and with offices in Delft, Netherlands, Chrysalix has built its reputation on bringing disruptive innovation to the world’s largest industries by focusing on where technology meets physical science.

Smart mining

The firm’s investments include breakthrough technologies like smart mining, 3D printing of steel, fast charging electric vehicle infrastructure, emissions-free solar steam, battery intelligence, C02 capture, wastewater management, and fusion energy.

Chrysalix has one of the strongest investment teams in the industry with deep energy, industrial technology and entrepreneurial expertise, and is backed by more than 20 international blue-chip industrial and financial investors. Chrysalix latest fund, the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund, is the firm’s second fund under management focused on industrial innovation.

In addition to mining machinery (ultra-large hydraulic excavators and dump trucks), the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group’s mining business also develops and provides dump truck autonomous haulage system (AHS) and fleet management system (FMS).

In order to improve the safety and productivity of customer work sites and reduce life-cycle costs, the Group plans to carry out verification tests of autonomous ultra-large hydraulic excavators and start offering ConSite Mine to perform predictive detection of mining machinery failures through remote monitoring in fiscal 2021.

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