Terra Drone expands into Aus

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Terra Drone expands to Australia with investment in Perth-based UAV services provider C4D Intel


Japan-based Terra Drone’s newest branch, Terra Drone Australia, will focus on mining, oil and gas, power, and forestry sectors in Australia.

Tokyo-headquartered Terra Drone Corporation, the world’s largest industrial drone services provider, has finalized its expansion into the Australian market after completing an equity investment in Australian firm, C4D Intel.

As part of the deal, Perth-based C4D Intel will immediately rebrand to Terra Drone Australia.

Founded in 2016, C4D Intel provides surveying, inspection, and 3D modeling services across mining, oil and gas, power, and forestry industries in Western Australia.

As Terra Drone Australia, the company will be able to expand its services to include unmanned airborne LiDAR, bring innovative Terra Group technologies to Australia and expand its operations to the east coast of Australia.

The Australian drone service provider’s existing clients include Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, and large utilities such as ATCO Gas Australia and Synergy. The company specializes in large-scale unmanned aerial surveys, confined space infrastructure inspections, high-altitude inspections, bridge and pipeline inspections, and asset 3D modeling.

"We are delighted to join the number one industrial drone services company in the world," C4D Intel Operations Manager Will Wishart says.

"When the world’s fastest-growing drone business chooses to expand to Australia, and selects our business to invest in, it speaks volumes about the opportunities available here and the vision we have for the company.

"There are many advantages of being a part of a global organisation and this next phase of growth makes for very exciting times. We have already leveraged Terra Drone’s international network to bring new technology to Australia and look forward to accelerating this as we expand our operations across Australia."

Terra Drone Corporation CEO Toru Tokushige says the establishment of Terra Drone Australia is another milestone for the organisation.

"Australia bears a strategic significance in our growth plans. Having a local presence in the region allows us to be close to our customers and strengthen our support to them."

Terra Drone Australia will bring innovative drone technology from The Netherlands to Australia for ‘proof of concept’ trials for global mining company Rio Tinto later this month.

The Terra UT Drone from Terra Inspectioneering will allow Terra Drone Australia to offer ultrasonic thickness testing of steel in hard to reach places, such as bin walls which are subject to wear.



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