On the steady upswing following from a 5 year downturn, the global mining sector and supportive industries are in a phase of strategic consolidation, with a focus on increasing value through slow and sustainable growth, driving a shift away from the boom-bust cycles that have dominated the marketplace.
Technological advances such as data analytics supported decision making, cloud based remote operation, internet of things and advanced automated mining processes are changing the face of operations. Innovative financing agreements are being brokered to reduce risk and raise the confidence of institutional investors, rebuilding financial trust in the sector. Future exploration and production demand is being driven largely by the changes in the energy sector with the growing emergence of renewables and battery storage.
Underpinning these shifts is a move towards greater collaboration both within and between organisations, breaking down silos and fostering team based approaches to doing business both internally and across the mining and METS value chain.
In tune with these developments, the 4th annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will centre on the theme Creating Value Through Collaboration. The programme will explore global commodity market trends and implications; the latest exploration, production and technological advancements seeking investment; optimising mineral processing and production; the latest infrastructure developments for the resources sector from pit to port; as well as forecasting the changing mineral resource demands of the future energy sector.
Latest local and international developments in capital markets will come to the forefront, addressing key trends in financing exploration, production, operational expansion and METS innovation.
Top line strategy and policy considerations such as sovereign and security risk, exploration and discovery opportunities, ensuring strong mine site productivity, community engagement and environmental management will take an important place in the discussion agenda this year with over 20 international mining ministers in attendance.
A host of keynote speakers from leading mining companies have already been confirmed for the 2017 programme including Yukio Takebe, CEO of Mitsui & Co’s Australian division; Michael Nossal, Chief Development Officer from Newcrest Mining Limited and Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold.
As Australia’s largest mining conference, over 2500 decision makers, mining leaders, ministers, financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators will congregate at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking, from 30 October to 2 November 2017.
As a truly international event with attendance from over 60 countries, this year’s exhibition will not only represent what Australia has on offer to the industry but will also showcase a host of other continents and countries including India, China, Finland, Canada and the UK. The free to attend exhibition that will run from 31 October – 2 November.
For more information please visit www.imarcmelbourne.com