DESPITE difficult times in the mining industry, the inaugural Sumatra Miner Exhibition and Conference in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, has been described by organisers as a success as it provided exhibitors and visitors with an invaluable opportunity to network, compare notes and learn about the opportunities that abound in Sumatra’s mining industry. The event is set to assist in further developing the region’s mining industry.

The event was organised by Mining Media International (MMI), publishers of The ASIA Miner, Coal Age and Engineering & Mining Journal, and held from March 4 to March 6 at the Aryaduta Hotel in Palembang.

The exhibition component attracted 47 exhibitors and almost 600 attendees. Exhibitors included Agincourt Resources, Bukit Asam, Cakra Indo Pratama, Citra Andalas, Energy Nusantara, Flexco, Gewinn Gold Hotama, K-Coal International, Martin Engineering, MHE Demag, Pohon Mas Sejahtera, Satnetcom, Tambang, Topcon Positioning Systems and United Tractors.

The conference was held on March 4 and 5 and attracted 21 speakers and more than 100 delegates including representatives from Anglo American, Asia Pacific Mining Resources, Caterpillar Finance, Como Engineers, Golden Energy Mines, Indonesian Coal Mining Association, Kobe Steel, Kopex Group, Orica, Weir Minerals, Volvo Indonesia, Royal Haskoning, Supra and Trakindo Utama.

They heard from a number of impressive speakers including provincial and national government representatives, national mining group officials, investment bodies, existing mine operations, explorers, technology companies, health and safety experts, and mining equipment suppliers. Topics covered included overviews of mining in Sumatra and current operations, investment, innovative technology, the regulatory environment, health and safety, and operational excellence.

The event, which was part of MMI’s Regional Technical Conference series, was sponsored by PT Bis Industries and G-Resources, and was supported by the Association of Indonesian Mining Services (Aspindo), the South Sumatra provincial government, the Central for Geological Resources, RHLBT, Energy Nusantara, Flexco and Orica.

A networking meeting of Coal Club Indonesia (CCI) was held in conjunction with the event. The next meeting of CCI and Djakarta Mining Club will be held jointly in Jakarta on April 16. The following CCI meeting will be on May 29 in Balikpapan.

MMI has decided that owing to the interest expressed by participating companies and delegates, Sumatra Miner will again be held in 2016. MMI has already started planning for the event although the date is still to be decided. Anyone interested in speaking, exhibiting, sponsoring and attending is welcome to contact Dimas Abdillah on [email protected] or visit www.sumatra-miner.com.

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