Mining business growth continues after successful AIMEX

From the 24-26 of August, Sydney Showground played host to one of the biggest mining conference in the world. This year’s AIMEX saw a host of speakers and exhibitors, covering some of the biggest topics and developments in the mining industry in Australia. Here are some of the best bits of this year’s conference, explained by Daniel Hallgearing who attended the event for MINE Australia.

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Mining business growth continues after successful AIMEX

Mining business growth continues after successful AIMEX

The conference kicked off with a keynote from Davey Bickford Enaex, NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee, who commended the event for its opening focus on community.

"There's a lot of focus on technology and innovation [at AIMEX] which is very good news for our industry but it’s also great to have the opportunity to focus this morning on some other very important priorities for us as an industry in relation to community engagement is a very commendable way to start a mining industry event," Galilee said.

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Exhibitors at AIMEX flexed their muscle with displays of their latest innovations and technology as well as demonstrations and activities for all visitors that attended. They covered everything from drones to water management, the 500 exhibitors filling the Mining Pavillion.

But whilst there was a lot of positive trends highlighted throughout the event, industry leaders, innovators and key mining professionals also talked openly about the challenges that face the industry into the future.

"I was particularly impressed with the conference sessions that discussed community engagement and the future of Australia's mining workforce," Ward said.

"AIMEX has always been about challenging conventional thinking and businesses pushing the boundaries to innovate through technology, but this year's conference allowed the industry to do that through discussions on workforce practices, social engagement and policy reform.

"We had great support from key mining personnel, industry associations, as well as key mining companies in creating the context of the conference and I would expect this will continue to evolve again as we head towards AIMEX in 2021."

The next instalment of AIMEX will be held on 24-26 August 2021. The inaugural WA Mining Conference will be the next mining event on the 15 and 16 October 2019 in Perth, while the Queensland Mining Expo (QME) is back in Mackay from 21 to 23 July 2020.

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