Highly prospective: Mining events to watch in 2020

With an abundance of raw materials to mine and explore, Australia is widely considered the lucky country.

The giant island is the world's largest exporter of coal, zirconium, lead, zinc, iron ore, diamonds and rutile, the second largest exporter of gold and uranium, and the third largest exporter of aluminium.

Most of Australia's ASX 200 list is packed with companies specialising in mining and materials, with Evolution Mining, Fortescue Metals, Newcrest Mining, and Rio Tinto all gracing the list.

Interested in finding out more about what our major explorers are up to? The Market Herald has put together a list of the biggest mining events in each state for 2020.

New South Wales

Future of Mining Australia Conference

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Coming back for its third year, the Future of Mining in Australia Conference will see over 400 senior mining industry descend on New South Wales.

Over 40 companies will speak across the two-day event, representing mining conglomerates, research organisations and technology and services companies.

There are several key topics; exploration and development, innovation and technology, connectivity and digitisation, strategy and planning and leadership.

Those in attendance can hear from big fish like Evolution Mining, BHP and OceanaGold.

When: 23-24 March 2020

Where: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth


Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition

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The Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition is the largest mining event in Queensland, featuring over 250 suppliers and attracting over 4500 visitors.

Businesses will be given the unique opportunity to display products, deliver specific messages, generate sales, and communicate with buyers and influencers.

The 2020 seminar will look at the latest technological innovations and collaborative approaches to improve productivity and long term strategy for the mining sector.

Specific seminar sessions will cover technical best practice and technology innovation, mine management and maintenance, health and safety, and future skills.

Attendees can hear about renewable energy and mining, IT and telecommunication, government initiatives, and occupational health and safety.

When: 21-23 July 2020

Where: Mackay Showground

South Australia

South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference

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The South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference is an annual collaborative event that brings the exploration and mining industries together.

Its 17th year will provide an opportunity for mineral explorers and miners to present compact technical updates on activities at their South Australian mines and exploration projects.

Speakers for this year come from BHP, Andromeda Metals and the South Australian Energy and Mining Department.

When: 27 November 2020

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre


International Mining and Resources Conference and Expo

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More than 7000 decision makers, investors, mining leaders and technical experts from over 100 countries attend this conference every year.

2019's agenda saw speakers from the Bank of China, Resolute Mining, Newcrest Mining, the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce, BHP, Rio Tinto and Women in Mining Canada.

This conference covers the entire mining supply chain from exploration, investment and digital transformation.

There are also more than 260 exhibitors showcasing the latest mining projects, machinery, technologies and equipment.

When: Workshops are on the 26th October 2020 and Conference and Expo is from 27-29 October 2020

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Western Australia

WA Mining Conference and Exhibition

Image sourced WA Mining Conference and Exhibition

The WA Mining Conference will look at the life of mine from operational strategy through to execution and address both the strategic and technical approaches to improve productivity, lower costs and optimise the end to end process.

Mining decision-makers, technology experts and industry leaders will share their perspectives on the future opportunities that drive growth and sustainability for the sector.

Key speakers from 2019 include BHP, KPMG and Defence South Australia.

When: 14-15 October 2020

Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Robotics and Automation in Mining

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Robotics and Automation in Mining is where all key players gather to discuss the issues and challenges facing robotics and automation in mining.

Stakeholders will be able to undertake a significant digital review of businesses and identify areas in which robotics and automation will add most value.

With traditional business and technology rapidly changing, companies need to develop innovative ways to stay ahead of the competition.

Key speakers include Project Director at Resolute Mining, John Wheeler, who will give a Keynote Case Study about the world's first fully automated mine – Syama Gold Mine.

The combination of mine automation, improved recoveries and lower cost power has the potential to increase Syama site production to 300,000 ounces of gold per annum and reduce life-of-mine costs to below US$750 (AUD$1086) per ounce.

Associate Professor & Mining Chair in Robotics, Thierry Peynot, will also speak regarding the decision to automated integrating robotics and automation to existing operations.

When: 26-27 February 2020

Where: The Westin Perth

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