Technological advancements, workforce changes, community collaborations and environmental challenges are just some of the concepts that will be grappled with when the future of Australia's mining industry is unleashed in August at Australia’s largest and longest running mining exhibition and conference.
Speakers and key topics at the free-to-attend conference have been announced for Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2019 edition. The impressive line-up for the three-day event will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to hear from mining innovators and disruptors at the same venue where the technology is on show.
Sponsored by Davey Bickford Enaex, the AIMEX conference has been developed with direct input and consultation from key mining personnel, industry associations as well as key mining companies.
The program will include a panel of speakers from across the mining spectrum scrutinising the industry's image and delving into ways the mining sector and the community can work more collaboratively together in the future.
Mach Energy's Ngaire Baker, Mark Jacobs from Yancoal, Dr Kieren Moffat from the CSIRO and Anna Littleboy from the University of Queensland will lead the discussion. Ngaire Baker, External Relations Manager for MACH Energy said it is crucial that the mining sector demonstrate the value they can offer communities, especially in regional and rural areas.
“I’ve worked and lived in some of Australia’s most remote mines and mining towns, combined with towns such as Orange, Parkes and Singleton in New South Wales, I have experienced first-hand just how vital it is for the mining industry to look after these communities and to do our jobs to the best of our ability so that both parties reap the benefits,” Ms Baker said.
“The mining industry can bring so many benefits to regional areas and to have the opportunity to discuss these very important issues with experts from all sides of the spectrum at the AIMEX conference is invaluable.
A highlight of Day two will be the panel discussion on how the mining community can reinvent its approach to talent acquisition and retention for today’s agile, digital, mobile, analytical, and technologically-driven workforce.
Mining Leaders Group Founder Brett Cunningham, CEO of Weld Australia Geoff Crittenden and Jamie Frankcombe, Whitehaven Coal’s Chief Operating Officer will lead the thought-provoking discussion that will exchange ideas and share current thinking to prepare for tomorrow’s demands in areas such as recruiting, educating schools, upskilling and diversity.
Other highlights of the conference include Dr John Cronin's presentation on using telepresence technologies for the safe deployment of wireless mesh networks and underground inspection robots in mines, cross-industry learnings from the Oil & Gas industry that define and mitigate HMI risk with technology and analytics and the final day panel which looks at adapting to climate change, emissions and what does this look like for the mining sector?
More than 6,000 mining industry professionals and over 500 exhibitors are set to take over Sydney's Showgrounds across three days from the 27-29 August 2019.
Embedded within the exhibition and conference, five of Australia's biggest mining companies, Centennial Coal, Glencore, Mach Energy, Whitehaven Coal and Yancoal will for the first time, come together to create the AIMEX Mining Pavilion.
AIMEX Exhibition Director Brandon Ward said no other mining event gives you access to this volume of suppliers and this calibre of speakers for free.
“AIMEX is about pushing boundaries and challenging operations and business to innovate not just through technology but through workforce practices, social engagement and policy reform,” said Mr Ward.