BHP is backing Austmine’s next mining innovation conference, which will be held in Perth on May 25-27 next year.
Austmine chief executive Christine Gibbs Stewart said the conference theme of harnessing intelligence would explore the importance of optimising the interaction between people, processes and technology, further positioning Australia as the global hub for mining innovation.
“Given its importance to the Australian economy and continuing global demand, the mining industry has been able to weather the global pandemic relatively well,” Gibbs Stewart said.
“While the pathway forward might be uncertain, the need for innovation and technology in areas such as automation, remote monitoring and advanced communications, has been accelerated.
“The Australian mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector has always been a leader in 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 us for guidance in the new COVID world.”
Austmine 2021 is set to bring together executive-level leaders and thinkers to showcase how they are using innovation to lead change in a more competitive, sustainable and efficient way, into the future.
The 2021 conference might be one of the first major opportunities for the industry to come together, since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place according to Gibbs Stewart.
“As a community, we will be hungry to collaborate to build a resilient, future-focused industry,” she said. “There are many brilliant, innovative minds in mining and METS and, when we work together, we can only move our industry forward.”
Gibbs Stewart was thrilled to welcome BHP as Austmine’s principal sponsor, which is part of the two companies’ strategic partnership to advance the interests of the METS sector and fast-track technology adoption in mining.
“Through this partnership, Austmine 2021 will deliver an exciting and cutting-edge event, with a high calibre conference program and valuable networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors alike,” Gibbs Stewart said.
Held every two years, the Austmine conference is one of the leading, global mining innovation events. It features more than 50 mining innovation and technology experts across a two-day conference program and interactive pre-conference workshops.
The event is underpinned by a series of educational and networking opportunities, including a trade exhibition featuring live demonstrations, the collaborative ideas exchange, meet the miners and the social highlight, the Austmine industry leaders dinner and awards.