The mining industry descends on Sydney for AIMEX

Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) will hold its 2019 edition at the Sydney Showgrounds from Tuesday August 27 to Thursday August 29, starting at 10am each day.

It will feature the world’s leading mining leaders and decision-makers coming together at what is Australia’s largest and longest-running mining exhibition and conference.

The line-up of suppliers and speakers features more than 500 companies, which will be on-site to demonstrate their products and services to more than 6000 visitors from across the globe.

Hitachi, ESS Engineering Services, Alfagomma, Cummins, Fuchs, Davey Bickford Enaex, Mine Site Technologies, Dana Brevini and Volkswagen will join hundreds of others brands to shine a light on mining’s future.

Embedded within the exhibition will be a free-to-attend multi-stream mining conference that has brought together some of the industry’s top innovators and disruptors.

The AIMEX Conference, is being held for the second time and features keynote presentations, panel discussions and case study presentations across a number of themes including policy, community engagement, workforce, technology advancements, governance and automation.

It is expected that one of the busiest parts of AIMEX this year will be the all-new Mining Pavilion which will see some of Australia’s biggest mining companies come together to outline their own enterprises, connect with suppliers and drive their own recruitment strategies.

Centennial Coal, Glencore, Mach Energy, Whitehaven Coal and Yancoal Australia will all participate in this unique AIMEX activation.

AIMEX event director Brandon Ward said the addition of the mining pavilion alongside the strong conference programme and extensive exhibition was set to make this year’s conference the biggest one yet.

“No other event in the Asia Pacific region has the same offering for visitors to interact with over 500 exhibitors, discover the latest products from leading suppliers and then actually meet those miners out there doing the work every single day,” he said.

“This year’s edition of the free-to-attend conference has again shown our ability to explore the important mining issues of the day and then secure the best professionals to not only discuss these issues but explore what is going to happen next.”

New South Wales Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee will kick-off proceedings on day one of the conference with the opening keynote address about the relationship between the mining sector and regional communities.

He will explore how the NSW Minerals Council addressed the local community’s priorities through its Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue project – one of the world’s best leading engagement practices.

Another highlight will be on day three with the panel discussion on adapting to climate change and emissions and what this looks like for the mining sector.

The panel will be made up of Jackie McKeon from Business Renewables Centre Australia, Donna Dryden an environmental scientist from Centennial Coal, Jason Sharam of Linked Energy and the managing director of Element 25 Justin Brown.

Along with the panel discussion, Justin Brown will also share insights from Element 25’s Butcherbird manganese project where they used hybrid renewable generation and leach processing innovation, co-developed with CSIRO to use cheaper, lower emission renewable energy for the electrolytic process to make metal.

“The aspect of the project we are going to focus on is the renewable energy component and there are a few threads to that,” Brown explained.

“There’s the baseload power part of the project with 50 per cent gas and 50 per cent renewables and also some pretty exciting research on how to maximise renewable penetration in the manufacturing of metals in Australia.”

Attendance to AIMEX is free for both the exhibition and conference with registrations still open online or register at the event on each of the days from 10am to 5pm.

For a full overview on the AIMEX Conference including session topics and speakers, plus a complete list of exhibitors please visit the event website aimex.com.au.