Austmine is set to host one of the largest Australian gatherings of miners and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies since COVID 19 rattled our shores over 12 months ago.
Being held in Perth at the end of May, Austmine 2021: Harnessing Intelligence is a world-leading mining innovation conference which brings together mining leaders to discuss the future of the industry through an innovation lens. The conference theme, ‘Harnessing Intelligence’, focuses on the intersection between people, processes and technology, to drive sustainability across the mining value chain. The conference program will be complemented by an exhibition of more than 80 companies showcasing the best of what Australian METS has to offer.
Innovation and technology experts, including Managing Directors and CEOs, will highlight the latest technology developments impacting their businesses and their strategic vision for the industry across the two days from 25-27 May.
Austmine CEO Christine Gibbs Stewart said there has never been a more important time to gather as an industry to discuss the way forward, with Australian METS and mining companies leading the globe with the creation and adoption of new technologies.
“We have a unique opportunity to continue to lead in this area, particularly as other mining nations look to Australia for guidance in a new COVID world,” Ms Gibbs Stewart said.
“After a prolonged period of online work and decreased opportunities to network, this is the first major opportunity for the industry to come together since the pandemic began.
“Austmine 2021 Conference & Exhibition will serve as the go-to event to hear what’s next in mining innovation from high-calibre speakers and will provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals to drive further value for the METS sector, and the mining industry more broadly.”
Ms Gibbs Stewart said the conference theme of ‘Harnessing Intelligence’ will progress the innovation conversation.
“We can go to new, unexplored heights as an industry by harnessing our collective thinking. is not just about leveraging data and information; it is optimising interactions between humans and machines. As intelligent systems and new technologies develop at a rapid pace, ensuring that the right people and processes are engaging with it will drive value into the future.”
The conference is receiving strong industry support through sponsorship and attendance.
“We are thrilled with industry response to the conference. As Australia’s reputation as a mining technology hub continues to grow, so too do the number of exhibitors and attendees,” Ms Gibbs Stewart said.
“Our Principal Sponsor is BHP with whom Austmine shares a strategic partnership. Industry confidence from BHP and our Innovation Partners Rio Tinto, Oz Minerals and Roy Hill guarantees Austmine 2021 will advance the interests of the METS sector and fast-track technology adoption in mining.”
Over the two thought-provoking days, technology experts and mining decision makers will explore a range of both strategic and operational issues linked to the value that both innovation and collaboration brings. Key panel discussions will focus on innovation in the time of unprecedent challenges and shifting the mining paradigm for the next generation, where a group of upcoming leaders will discuss the workforce of the future.
The conference will facilitate a range of networking and collaboration opportunities, as well as delivering quick-fire tech-talk sessions ensuring the very latest innovations are showcased to key decision makers.
• Harnessing Intelligence
• Intelligently Optimising Operations
• Water and Tailings
• Creating A Sustainable Future
• The Power of Data
• Energy Sources
• Technology Advancements Underground
• Optimising Connectivity
The high-calibre speaker line-up features local and international mining and METS experts including keynote speaker, Brandon Craig. Mr Craig is Asset President WAIO at BHP and responsible for leading BHP’s iron ore operations in Western Australia. He successfully led the BHP Iron Ore asset through the COVID-19 impacts of 2020 and into 2021, with the business achieving record half-year production.
• Brandon Craig, BHP
• Matthew Holcz, Rio Tinto
• Andrew Cole, OZ Minerals
• Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Gekko Systems
• Steven Coughlan, Byrnecut Group
• Penny Stewart, PETRA Data Science
• Andrew Rouse, PYBAR Mining Services
• Eduardo Coloma, Maptek
• Javier A. Orellana, Rockwell Automation
• Amanda Lacaze, Lynas Rare Earths
• Stuart Tonkin, Northern Star
The Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Awards provides an opportunity for the industry to reconnect and strengthen relationships. The prestigious awards recognise and celebrate the most innovative and successful METS and miners of the year.
Austmine’s Ideas Exchange Program also returns to this year’s conference after great success with its initial debut in 2019.
The Ideas Exchange provides the opportunity for miners and METS to work with Austmine Innovation Partners to tackle some of the key industry challenges.