Mining is out of the doldrums – and IMARC 2017 is going all out. It isn’t just the big name speakers, either, because the exhibition floor is shaping up to be quite spectacular. And then there’s highlights like the KPMG Investment Arena Investment Battles, where emerging mining, renewable energy and technology companies go head to head in front of leading investors, pitching for feedback, investment and prizes – Shark Tank style. reuben adams gets the details from event director anita richards. Q. 2016 was a rollercoaster for mining, but finished on a high note. How would you characterise 2017?
We are definitely seeing signs of growth in the market. We are seeing a resurgence in exploration and discovery in Australia, which is a great sign for the industry.
The event is showing record attendance already, which is a healthy sign that the industry is recovering.
Q. Can you explain the origin and significance of the conference theme ‘Creating Value through Collaboration’?
Collaboration is the bedrock of this industry.
Whether it is with geologists, miners, METS companies, contractors or investors, collaboration is the only way to innovate and find true value.
This theme was created by the IMARC advisory board understanding that by collaborating and working together we are all able to achieve more with less.
Q. What exhibition highlights or demonstration highlights can attendees look forward to?
Liebherr will have its newly launched and award winning D 98 engine series on show for the first time in Australia. As the most technically innovative engine yet, the D 9812 will be complemented by a selection of the German company’s advanced technology for mining.
Insitu Pacific (Boeing) will have one of its fixed wing Remotely Piloted Airborne Services (RPAS) planes hanging from the roof of IMARC.
BHP and METS Ignited continue their ongoing support for IMARC hosting the two delegate lounges at the event.
This year event includes the launch of the KPMG Collaboration Arena, an open-air theatre on the IMARC exhibition floor which will feature complimentary seminars for all pass types. Thursday’s free content will see a number of emerging mining, renewable energy and technology companies go head to head in front of leading investors, pitching for feedback, investment and prizes, in a Shark Tank style investment battle.
Q. What are the benefits of the One-on-One Meeting Planner App?
The one-on-one meeting planner enables attendees to make the most out of their time at IMARC.
Delegates are given access four weeks prior to the event so they can make contact with speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and other delegates in the lead up to the event.
The meeting planner not only allows delegates to see who else will be in attendance, but they can also filter by industry, region, typical size of investments as well as investor’s preferences and send direct messages and meeting requests.
This enables attendees to maximise their time and arrange high value meetings with who they want, when they want.
Q. Why is IMARC a must-attend event for mining professionals in 2017?
As Australia’s largest mining event, it is the only place where you can connect with the entire industry under the one roof including mining leaders, policy makers, investors, commodity buyers, technical experts, innovators and educators.
IMARC is a truly international event, drawing attendance from over 60 countries including mining ministers and senior government officials from over 25 significant and emerging mining jurisdictions such as Ecuador, Iran, Mongolia, Greenland and Saudi Arabia to name a few.
The conference covers all aspects of mining from exploration to investment, production to optimisation through to new technology, future energy, as well as mining infrastructure.
There are over 45 hours’ worth of networking opportunities at this year’s event including the flagship gala dinner (sold out last year), round table discussions, and daily cocktail receptions for delegates.
The free exhibition features over 100 leading companies showcasing the latest innovations, technology and services the industry has on offer and includes some of the biggest names in the industry such as BHP, Liebherr, Caterpillar, HATCH, Sandvik, Snowden, Mineware and Microsoft.