The 2021 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) has been rescheduled until next year due to travel and gathering restrictions from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.
Originally planned to be held in October, the event will now take place from January 31 to February 2, 2022, at the Melbourne Showgrounds as well as online for those who can’t physically attend.
IMARC managing director Anita Richards said while it was disappointing the event had to be postponed, the health and safety of participants was the number one priority.
“The rescheduling comes after much deliberation with our founding partners, and in consultation with our sponsors, exhibitors, supporters and various Victorian Government agencies who have been very supportive of the decision” she said.
“Holding IMARC at the start of 2022 helps create a unique opportunity for the industry to kick off the year with new conversations, develop existing relationships and create business opportunities for the coming year.
“With better weather opens opportunities for outdoor events and networking, alongside some major events at that time of year here in Melbourne.”
Austmine chief executive officer Christine Gibbs Stewart said her organisation supports postponing IMARC 2021.
“We know how important this event is to our members who are exhibiting and attending, as well as the METS sector overall, and we encourage everyone to consider this as an opportunity to refocus your efforts and support the event in 2022,” she said.
BHP, MMG, Newcrest, Mitsui, OceanaGold and Kirkland Lake Gold have confirmed their continued support for IMARC in 2022, with their executive leadership teams confirmed to speak at the conference.
Federal Minister for Resources Keith Pitt and major sponsors METS Ignited, Caterpillar, ABB and World Gold Council have also confirmed their support and participation.
The Mines and Money Online Connect @ IMARC virtual event will go ahead as planned from October 19-21.
IMARC is Australia’s largest annual mining and resources event that brings together mining, investment and technology leaders.