Australia’s leading annual mining business event, the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), was launched recently by the Andrews Labor Government in Victoria. IMARC 2016, which includes Mines and Money Australia, will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 7-10.
IMARC 2016 will connect global mining leaders with Victorian-based resources companies and those organisations supporting the mining sector, from training providers through to other professional services.
Victoria is Australia’s largest exporter of mining equipment and technologies, and home to the global headquarters of BHP Billiton, MMG, Oceanagold, Newcrest Mining, Alumina, Saint Barbara and Orica, as well as Rio Tinto’s Asia Pacific regional headquarters.
IMARC 2016 will consolidate Victoria’s position as a global leader and hub for professional services and businesses in the mining sector.
For the first time, this year’s conference will be part of the Victorian Invitation Program (VIP), the state’s biggest ever inbound trade mission which began in 2015 and this year has already seen almost 300 delegates from 24 countries visit Victoria to network with local businesses.
In 2016 the VIP attracted buyers and investors from the world’s largest markets to see firsthand the very best the state has to offer across key sectors including medical technology and pharmaceuticals, international education, professional services, retail, food and fibre and now mining.
In 2015, IMARC was attended by more than 2100 delegates from 47 countries, including 19 international mining ministers and senior government officials.
This year’s program will cover all aspects of mining from exploration to investment, production to optimisation through to technology, health and safety, future energy, policy and governance.
A technology stream is written in conjunction with Austmine and features the technological factors that are front and centre of any mine operation today - from optimisation to asset management, automation, real time data, collaboration, integration and connectivity to the internet of things and mobile devices.
The International Mining Summit is a key feature of IMARC and examines and promotes best practice regulation and policy excellence. The program has been developed in collaboration with the Victorian State Government. More than 100 senior mining ministers from around the globe have been invited to attend and discuss their challenges and perspectives.
In 2016 IMARC will also include a full day conference program covering renewable, sustainable and clean energy, carbon efficiency, energy storage, infrastructure, technologies and investment opportunities. A Health and Safety focused conference program has also been added on Thursday, November 10, culminating in a sustainable-focused plenary session.