Two new mining clubs for Indonesia were launched at a gala dinner function in Jakarta on April 15 – the Djakarta Mining Club and Coal Club Indonesia. More than 130 people attended the launch at the Shangri-La Hotel with strong interest also displayed at the Ozmine 2013 event over the following two days.  1

The clubs have been organised by Mining Media International, publishers of The ASIA Miner, Coal Age Indonesia, Engineering & Mining Journal and Coal Age, along with a number of other mining journals around the world. They will be coordinated by the Mining Media team in Indonesia with support from the Australian office.

The Djakarta Mining Club will meet regularly in Djakarta and will serve to foster bilateral business relationships while promoting sustainable mineral production through educational outreach, promotion of exploration and planned dialogue between stakeholders in the mining industry.

Coal Club Indonesia will meet regularly at various coal industry strongholds throughout Indonesia with the first event scheduled for Balikpapan. The club represents an innovative natural development and progression for the thriving coal industry in Indonesia. It has been developed to enable business to business and business to government connections to be made that will create opportunities for local/domestic and international businesses in a rapidly growing international industry.

In welcoming guests to the launch, The ASIA Miner editor John Miller stressed the importance of networking and ongoing education during difficult times in the mining industry not only in Indonesia but everywhere mining takes place. He said the clubs would provide the perfect forum for networking and a platform for a more successful mining industry in Indonesia.

The launch also featured addresses from representatives of the principal foundation member of the two clubs, Caterpillar, along with gold sponsor for both clubs Reed Exhibitions and gold sponsor for the Djakarta Mining Club Weir Minerals. A number of other companies present in the Indonesia mining industry also expressed interest in supporting the clubs as sponsors.

During the function Mining Media also launched the Sumatra Miner coal mining and technology conference and exhibition. The inaugural event will be held in Pelambang, Sumatra, in September. As the second largest producer of coal in Indonesia with a conservative estimate of 22.4 billion tonnes of reserves, South Sumatra is poised for further growth and development through technical, service, educational and fiscal support from the global mining industry and investors. This conference and exhibition will play a major role in this process.

Further information about the mining clubs and the Sumatra Miner is available by emailing Dimas Abdillah at [email protected]">[email protected] in Indonesia or Lanita Idrus at [email protected]">[email protected] in Australia.