Melbourne will be home to a globally significant annual mining conference as of 2014. The Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan said the inaugural International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 22 - 26 September 2014, cementing Victoria as a hub for mining and mining services.
“The IMARC conference is anticipated to join the ‘Grand Slam’ of world mining events alongside PDAC in Canada, Expomin in Chile, Mining INDABA in South Africa, and China Mining,” Mr Ryan said. “Hundreds of the global mining industry’s biggest decision makers will flock to our city as we position ourselves as a global leader in investment attraction and facilitation. IMARC will use Melbourne’s profile as the world’s most liveable city and the Australian ajor events capital to attract key industry players, including international mining executives, who shape the future direction of the global industry.
“Melbourne is the corporate headquarters for some of the world's top mining companies, led by BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Newcrest Mining. In fact, Melbourne is home to seven of the top 25 ASX-listed mining, metals, energy and utilities companies.
“Victoria is also a hub for mining services and equipment which has strong ties to Victoria's strengths in innovation, manufacturing and financial services. Victorian companies already export their mining expertise all over the world, but there is definite potential for growth.
“The Coalition Government is proud to support IMARC because it will help Victorian businesses develop significant global partnerships and networks,” Mr Ryan said. The IMARC conference will provide a platform for companies that currently supply traditional industry sectors, such as automotive, to develop new relationships in the mining sector.
“As the mining industry transitions from a period of intense investment to greater focus on increased innovation and efficiency, Victorian companies have a great opportunity to gain access to global supply chains and grow their business,” Mr Ryan said.
“The IMARC conference will be driven by the Minerals Council of Australia, Austmine and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. IMARC will attract high calibre speakers on a range of topics of interest to the broader resources industry.”
Registrations are expected to exceed 3000, with international trade delegations coming into Australia for this event. CEEC directors Mr J Pease and Ms M Belanger will be speaking at this event, and CEEC will be welcoming all delegates to our stand in the exhibition space.