Cutifai: "Mining industry spends 80 per cent less on technology and innovation compared to the petroleum sector"

 Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani proposed innovation is critical to the mining industry's future success in his speech at the 2013 World Mining Congress recently in Montreal, Canada . A lack of investment in innovation is one of three immediate industry challenges highlighted by Cutifani; the other challenges are social and legislative restrictions on access to resources which are declining in scope and quality, and a lack of lower cost resources leading to higher cost commodity prices. Read the full speech here: Mark Cutifani WMC 2013

WMC drew delegates from over 60 countries, numbering 1500 registrants. Congress Chair Jacynthe Cote, CEO Rio Tinto  Alcan also commented on the need for industry innovation to improve the productivity of assets and returns on new projects.

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The World Mining Congress is a world mining event that takes place every 3 years. Lead by a secretariat with organisational status, it is associated with the United Nations and is located in the Central Mining Institute, in the city of Katowice, Poland. The event aims to promote and support, both technically and scientifically, the cooperation for the national and international development of mineral areas and resources; implement a global information network concerning mineral science, technology, economy, occupational health and safety and environmental protection. The next World Mining Congress (WMC), will be held in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, from October 18th to 21st, 2016.

• Call for abstracts - May 1, 2015

• Deadline for submission of abstract - December 30, 2015

• Notification to authors - January 20, 2015

• Deadline for submission of firar draft - March 30, 2016

• Submission of final paper - June 15, 2016

• Author registration - August 30, 2016

Planning the event's technical program has begun. Further information will be disclosed soon.

The topics of the technical works to be presented are:

• Mineral Exploration

• Surface Mining

• Underground Mining

• Mine Economics

• Mining Sustainability

• Mineral Processing

• Automation and Robotics

• Mining Innovation