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AIMEX reveal themes for 2013 event

Asia Pacific’s biggest mining show AIMEX has announced its three themes for this year’s event, which are women in mining, safety, and ways to increase productivity.

The four-day event will be held at the Sydney Showground from August 20-23.

More than 600 exhibitors will be attending this year’s show, covering an area of 45,000 square meters, with a focus on the latest innovations aimed at driving productivity, cost efficiency and mine optimisation.

High-profile speakers to present at the theme days include the Australian Coal Association’s Dr Nikki Williams and Beaconsfield mine tragedy survivor Brant Webb.

Exhibition Director Paul Baker says the theme days have proved to be popular since its introduction at 2011’s AIMEX and aims to ensure deep engagement within the mining community at all levels.

“They are an ideal complement to the exhibition’s key role in introducing the mining industry to the latest productivity and efficiency enhancing developments, providing additional opportunities for networking and learning more about key issues affecting the industry,” he says.

“They draw a great deal of interest, and provide numerous networking and discussion opportunities.”

The themes will be held on the second, third and final day of the event, with each day holding a specific theme.

Women in Mining will fall on Wednesday August 21, Mining Safety Day will take place on Thursday August 22 while Industry Productivity Day will be on Friday August 23.

“Across these three days, we will be providing information and knowledge-sharing opportunities covering some of the major issues and challenges facing the industry,” Baker says.

“Increasing female participation in mining is a key issue for both the industry and governments; safety is a major concern for the mining sector, and on-going productivity improvements are essential for its ongoing success.”

Women In Mining

Australian Coal Association CEO Dr Nikki Williams will start with a keynote address to launch the “Women in Mining” theme day. The theme aims to celebrate the increasingly important role women are playing in the mining industry as well as highlight the challenges and opportunities it offers.

A panel discussion with other prominent female figures in the industry such as AngloAmerican Supply Chain Regional Manager Margaret Davies and Xstrata Coal NSW Operations Manager Elizabeth Watts will follow.

Mining Safety Day

A special presentation by Beaconsfield mining tragedy survivor Brant Webb will be the highlight of this theme.

Webb will share his experiences of being trapped underground for 13 days, as well as talking about the impact of such an event on himself, his family and his community after he was rescued.

Also speaking will be Dean McSporran from Safety or Sorrow, who lost his arm in a mining accident and is now a motivational speaker and industry consultant on safety issues.

In the afternoon, Webb and McSporran will join a mine safety manager and a government agency representative for a panel session on mine safety issues and challenges.

Industry Productivity Day

AIMEX organiser Reed Mining Events is still finalising the day’s details and are inviting exhibitors to submit their products for consideration for all-day presentation sessions.

Find out more about the show or register to visit on AIMEX’s website.

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