The IMARC 2018 programme covers all aspect of mining, from exploration to investment, production to optimisation through to new technologies. Along with future energy opportunities, as well as people, projects and infrastructure case studies that will benefit the industry.
The inaugural Africa Focus Day at IMARC 2018 supported by the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce will look at pertinent issues for the continent. Including investment and development opportunities in Africa as well as sustainable mining practices and changing government regulations on how to operate in Africa. The day will also look at the challenges and opportunities for mining companies in the region and the technologies and innovations that are supporting mining and development in Africa.
With a positive outlook for global commodities, a refocus on exploration and development opportunities, and changing investor and financier sentiment, IMARC’s 2018 program will provide high level market insights into opportunities, challenges and latest developments within exploration, investment and financing of global projects.
Spread across three days of the IMARC agenda, miners, explorers, investors and the finance community will come together within this Stream to discuss macro commodity topics that are influencing micro decision making, financial lessons learnt from the past five years, whilst also having the opportunity to listen to the value proposition of juniors actively seeking investors.
Massive opportunities for miners and investors are emerging from future energy with the global growth of renewables and battery storage, making cobalt, lithium and graphite some of the fastest climbing commodities in the world. Mine sites around the world are replacing diesel and gas fired power with large scale solar plants and energy storage, saving not only costs but also the environment.
Recognising the significance of these global developments, IMARC will again include a day long Stream focused on Future Energy Projects & the Renewables Market. This stream will also focus on commodities and technological advancements, and sustainability responses by mining operators.
Attendee numbers at IMARC have certainly grown since its inception five years ago, primarily from the growth of international attendance. In conjunction with the Victorian State Government and Austrade, a key feature of IMARC is its Regional Developments & Opportunities Stream on day three of the event.
In 2018, a focus on China and LATAM will be obvious throughout IMARC, especially with the level of activity going on in each respective market. Over 100 international Ministers will be asked to attend IMARC this year, and with the ICMM’s Council Meeting taking place on IMARC dates and in Melbourne – international presence and growth will be a major focus on day three of the event.
As the mining and minerals sector look to embrace growth and expansion opportunities, mining support structures in the form of human capital, investment projects and infrastructures become critical requirements. The need to attract, retain and develop people into the mining sector has become a major issue over the last five years, and without addressing this collectively, operators are concerned about its impact on productivity and the long term.
In recognising this, the day one People, Projects & Infrastructure Stream will focus on workforce development, as well as projects that support industry growth and infrastructure needs. Those responsible for human resources, performance, projects and infrastructure development will come together over this first day to review strategies that can further support their organisations, and industry.
As the mining industry embraces Industry 4.0 and other digital disruptors to create mines of the future, its focus on operational excellence and productivity is still very high on the agenda. Such developments, innovations and advancements will be on show at IMARC this year through various thought leadership presentations, case studies and panel debates.
Due to the popularity of this Stream and the industry’s willingness to shift mindset, behaviours and processes to more technological and futuristic operations, the IMARC 2018 Technology, Innovation & Operational Excellence Stream has expanded to three days. Each day will look at Digital Disruption, Operational Excellence and Future Technologies, respectively.
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.