A December 2012 study by Innovum Fundación Chile found Chile had 5,998 mining industry suppliers, up from the 4,643 in 2010. About 34% were classified as support services, 30% equipment and supplies, 27% contractors and 9% engineering and consulting service providers. Innovum Fundación Chile also reported the number of such companies exporting grew from 27% in 2007 to 34% five years later. For its part, the Chilean Association of Consultant Engineering Companies (AIC) has 17,000 members.
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