AIMEX Panelist Preview: Automation, Innovation and Review of Process Core to Future Prosperity

Automation, innovation and improvements to regulatory process and timelines to support new development will be vital for future mining prosperity according to two of Australia’s respected mining leaders, and expert panellists at the upcoming Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) exhibition, David Moult, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Centennial Coal, and Stefanie Loader, Managing Director of CMOC – Northparkes Mines and Chair NSW Mining.

The AIMEX 2015 industry dinner to be held on Tuesday 1 September will bring together David Moult, Stefanie Loader and Brendan Pearson, CEO of Minerals Council of Australia to discuss the increasing importance of how the mining landscape is able to adapt to changes in demand, price and budgets.

A preview of some of the anticipated challenges and opportunities for the mining industry in the year ahead have been provided to give a taste of the evening ahead:

David Moult: foster an environment that encourages innovation

Mr Moult remains optimistic about the future of the coal industry. “While this has been a challenging period, I believe as a team we have risen to the challenges of the new economic norm in our sector,” he said.

“Coal will continue to be a significant part of the energy mix well into the future purely based on the global demand by those countries seeking an affordable means to turn their lights on.”

David Moult was given the opportunity to lead the Centennial team in 2011, leading to many opportunities for both the company and personally in four short years. “Being part of a team that transformed a small $15 million listed coal company to an S&P top 100 ASX listed company with a market cap of $2.6 billion has significantly influenced the way I operate in business,” he revealed. In 2015, cost savings and improving productivity remain a focus.

“Prosperity is about reducing costs and improving productivity whilst maintaining a focus on safety and the environment. This requires persistence, diligence and accountability while also fostering an environment that encourages innovative systems and work practices,” he said.

As one of the world’s largest mining exhibitions in 2015, one such source of innovative ideas towards operational efficiencies and cost-savings is AIMEX.

Stefanie Loader: expect to see mining reach a highly automated state

Stefanie Loader is a strong advocate of the development of automation as the means to create significant improvements in the industry.

“Large and small-scale automation can provide significant improvement,” she said. “We want humans dealing with the complex problem solving and response, while technology drives the hazardous and the routine. Further progress in this area will deliver stability to operations, and safer outcomes for people.”

“Within my lifetime I expect to see mining reach a highly automated state where the exposure of people to a lot of today’s critical risk areas are eliminated or really significantly reduced which contributes to a stronger, safer and healthier industry for us all, especially our frontline workforces. I also expect to see us mining with reduced footprints and at deeper depths, and I am eagerly anticipating the next wave of mega discoveries, probably undercover.

In terms of regulation Ms Loader commented on the need for improved process and timelines to develop new mines:  “NSW is lagging most of the other states and many overseas jurisdictions. There has been commitments made and some progress, but there is still a way to go. More broadly, I hope that our collective appetite for exploration in Australian returns.

Robby Clark, Director of REEDMININGEVENTS said that joining Mr Moult and Ms Loader on the panel will be Brendan Pearson – CEO of Minerals Council of Australia. Prysmian Australia, local providers of highly innovative cable solutions, has also recently agreed to sponsor the event.

“Face-to-face networking at events such as the AIMEX dinner underpins ongoing business within the mining industry by fostering local and global relationships and creates an environment where innovative ideas and knowledge are shared,” said Mr Clark.

Mr Adam Talbot, Commercial Manager Industrial at Prysmian Australia, said his company has long been a supporter of AIMEX. “We are pleased to sponsor a dinner so well attended by key decision-makers. This dinner not only gives us exposure to local clients who value Australian suppliers’ ability to meet short turn-around times to create OPEX cost efficiencies, but also to international clients seeking to reduce costs with best-in-class products and design,” he said.

Tickets for the event are still available. See: http://www.aimex.com.au/dinner/

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