The second annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will be held in Melbourne, Australia in November with more than 3000 delegates expected and in excess of 100 company exhibitors representing around 35 countries. The conference and expo will be at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 10-12 and there will be workshops on November 9 and 13.

The event was launched by Victorian Minister for Industry, Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio at a special event in June attended by key mining industry leaders. The Minister said IMARC was now a natural focal point for businesses in the Asia Pacific region.

“IMARC will provide a platform for businesses to diversify their market exposure and develop new relationships in the resources sector to underpin growth and expansion.

“As part of IMARC, the State Government will be hosting the Framework – Mining Summit, Promoting Best Practice Regulation and Policy Excellence. “We look forward to welcoming resources ministers and senior business representatives from Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific and Latin America, to discuss their challenges and perspectives.

“It will be a packed agenda which will canvass issues such as global trends for resources and regulation, and new frontiers for exploration and development and regulatory framework.”

Global mining services provider Orica is again Foundation Sponsor. IMARC event director Anita Richards said, “Orica is the largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining industry globally, and it is fantastic to have them join with IMARC once again as our Foundation Sponsor. We look forward to hearing from Alberto Calderon, Orica’s managing director and CEO, who will be a keynote speaker,” she said.

Orica global head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Gavin Jackman said, “Orica is proud to support an initiative that brings together a diverse range of resources related organizations from across the world. At a time when mining companies are facing challenging conditions, IMARC presents an opportunity to bring together representatives from mining, government and mining services providers, such as Orica, and enable greater collaboration for the benefit of customers.”

Other keynote speakers will be Hudbay Minerals president and CEO David Garofolo, Anglo American Group director – Technical and Sustainability Tony O’Neill, Fortescue Metals Group CEO Nev Power and MMG Ltd CEO Andrew Michelmore.

The event will also feature a new Junior Mining Hub for IMARC this year. It will provide junior miners the opportunity to present their projects in a dedicated on floor feature.

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