The IMARC 2019 programme covers the entire mining supply chain, from exploration, to investment, production to optimisation through to new technologies and global opportunities. Alongside brand-new conferences on energy, the environment, workforce engagement as well as mine and plant optimisation.
Whilst it is reported that the mining industry may not have embraced “digital transformation” as quickly as some other industries, it is clear now that such changes are happening on both a strategic and operational level; and positive outcomes are undeniable.
From exploration right through to the transportation of ore to customers, mining companies, including those across the mining supply chain, are implementing the latest technologies to better transform their business
Rising energy costs and changing perspectives on the environment and sustainability are impacting global mining operations, especially those operating in Australia. Mining, METS, Government and industry associations are pulling together on ways to manage and overcome such issues, especially seen in new partnerships that focus on alternative and clean energy solutions.
Recent IMARC research and feedback has pointed out the importance of Exploration for industry in 2019, and beyond. More mining companies are looking for the next big deposit by either finding it themselves or forming partnerships and/or acquiring exploration or junior projects.
With the support of the Victorian State Government, the Australian Government (Austrade), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the number of countries represented at IMARC continues to grow, with 2019 expecting attendance from over 100 countries, including over 35 nations represented at a government or ministerial level.
Now, more than ever before, miners, mining contractors and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies are working together to optimise mining operations by way of intelligent mining. Stronger emphasis on doing things smarter during the mining and haulage process has become apparent, especially as companies adopt new technologies, equipment and processes onsite.
With minerals processing, the digital plant and effective plant operations becoming more important for mining companies; as well as plant and processing executives playing a much more directive role in mine optimisation; this conference will uncover challenges faced at plant level and discuss critical solutions to overcome these.
Industry reports are highlighting that Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), transparency, achieving a Social License to Operate (SLO) and sustainable mining principles are at the forefront of importance throughout the mining value chain in 2019/20.
IMARC will feature 5 technology conferences over 3 days discussing mine optimisation, mineral processing, the digital plant, digital transformation, innovation and innovative exploration methods.
The global mining industry is facing immense issues with attracting and retaining skilled people into its workforces; whether as a miner or Mining Equipment Technology and Services (METS) company.
To create a successful workforce of the future, companies have recognised that they must review their people, technologies and culture, and plan ahead, whilst being agile and responsive to broader industry issues.
AUSIMM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Attending the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will contribute up to 20 hours towards your professional development (PD).
AusIMM members are encouraged to engage in ongoing professional development (PD) throughout their career. Maintaining current knowledge and skills through PD activities is key to ensuring AusIMM members continue to be the leading professionals in the global resources sector.