Herbert Vilcapoma, Executive President, Rock Drill Group

Herbert Vilcapoma believes it’s possible to overcome adversity through hard work. His father died when Herbert was just 15, leaving him to the care of his mother, who couldn’t read or write. Herbert devoted himself to studying and eventually qualified as a mechanical technician. After working in the mining sector, he saw an opportunity to create a Peruvian-owned drilling company. Investing all the family’s savings, he founded Rock Drill in 2000.

Herbert observed that foreign companies who manufactured drilling equipment for mining exploration in Peru used imported machinery that was ill-suited to Peruvian small vein mining. So Herbert designed a specialized electrohydraulic diamond drilling machine for Peru’s difficult, mountainous terrain. Today, Rock Drill provides diamond drilling and geotechnical drilling services in Peru and Mexico. The company also manufactures machines, spare parts and accessories and is careful to use technology and machinery that have minimal impact on the environment.