Mining Review Africa magazine will be hosting the Mine-Tech International Conference and Expo at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2-4 November 2009. This event will showcase key global trends in technologies specific to the mining industry, with a content-driven agenda written by mines, for mines. In the aftermath of the credit crunch, mines are placing increasing emphasis on cash conservation and cost management, which means implementing processes and technologies that will sustain margins and improve efficiency across the value chain.
Market dynamics have unquestionably shifted over the past six months, and mines now need to react quickly to seize new opportunities. As the world economy starts showing signs of recovery, mining houses will have to start repositioning themselves in order to take full advantage of an increase in commodity prices. Those mines that are able to effectively demonstrate efficiency and flexibility within their operations, and appease investors concerned about profit margins and the bottom line, will be the winners of the next boom cycle.
Mine-Tech International will focus on solutions to help mines overcome diverse challenges, from how to regain lost shareholder value, maintain margins in 2010, lower prices and costs, and drive operational efficiency, to how they should tackle technical skills shortages.
Strategic keynote and panel discussions will provide a forum for mining executives and investment facilitators to share their vision on where the mining industry is headed in the near future, and the main conference agenda will feature two tracks focusing on processes and technologies that reflect best practice and the most recent technological advances. An early-morning addition to the opening day proceedings features a breakfast smart session on Demand-Side Management for Power Efficiency, Cost Savings and Maximum Productivity. Optimal demand-side management of power supply is critical for mines looking to cut costs and increase energy efficiency, and this session was included specifically for mine managers and energy engineers.
In addition, Mine-Tech will be presenting two full-day pre-conference workshops on 2 November. The Technical Skills Forum will look at ways of addressing skills shortages in the mining and engineering environment, with a strong focus on skills development, talent management and succession planning. The Underwater Mining Forum will provide an overview of what many believe to be the future of mining as land-based resources become scarcer and more costly and time-consuming to extract. This workshop will investigate the viability of underwater mining, operational and logistical requirements, and give a considered assessment of the current state of play, technologies and capabilities, as well as future developments in this exciting and thusfar relatively unexplored field.
Register before 30 September to qualify for the special early bird rate.