Austmine believes the answer to the endemic productivity issue being faced by the mining sector is closer collaboration between miners and METS companies, and that the Austmine 2015 conference in Brisbane this month will be an important avenue to facilitate dialogue between them. The Austmine 2015: Transforming Mining conference is on May 18-20 at the Royal International Convention Centre.

Austmine CEO Chris Gibbs Stewart says, “We have numerous examples of successful collaboration projects including Rio Tinto and Atlas Copco; Northparkes and Sandvik; Fortescue and Komatsu; Rio Tinto and Schneider Electric, where the results, developments or technologies were only possible through close partnerships.

“Opening up dialogue between all industry stakeholders and really exploring the current challenges being faced is the key to addressing not only productivity, but the longer term sustainability of the industry.

“Austmine 2015: Transforming Mining is one of the most important mining innovations events on the global mining calendar, and provides one focal, leading conference for anyone who works in mining and needs to know about what is happening in the industry and where things are trending in relation to technology and innovation,” she says.

“We have a great line-up of mining and METS speakers including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Rockwell Automation, Anglo American, Gold Fields, Barrick Gold, Roy Hill, Schneider Electric, CMOC Northparkes, PanAust, Sandvik, Immersive Technologies, Peabody Energy, RCT, PwC, GHD, RungePincockMinarco, Centennial Coal and many more.”

The event begins with a free pre-conference workshop on Monday, May 18. ‘Accessing Innovation’ will put the spotlight on commercializing innovation and how the research sector and businesses can work more closely together.

“Throughout the two-day conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19 and 20, our expert speakers, both miners and METS, will give thought provoking talks which will inspire discussion through the numerous formal and informal networking opportunities during the event,” Chris Gibbs Stewart says.

About 500 industry senior representatives from mining houses and mining equipment, technology and service providers have confirmed their participation in the biennial event.

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