Technological advancements, workforce changes, community collaborations and environmental challenges are just some of the concepts that will be debated at the upcoming Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) in Sydney. The conference is free to attend, but the organizers recommend advanced registration at www.aimex.com.au.

During the three-day event, visitors will have a unique opportunity to hear from mining innovators and disruptors at the same venue where the technology is on show. Sponsored by Davey Bickford Enaex, the AIMEX conference has been developed with direct input and consultation from key mining personnel, industry associations as well as key mining companies.

On the opening day, a panel of speakers from across the mining spectrum will dissect the industry’s image and discuss ways the mining sector and the community can work more collaboratively together in the future. Mach Energy’s Ngaire Baker, Mark Jacobs from Yancoal, Dr. Kieren Moffat from the CSIRO, and Anna Littleboy from the University of Queensland will lead the discussion.

Ngaire Baker, external relations manager for MACH Energy, said it is crucial that the mining sector demonstrate the value they can offer communities, especially in regional and rural areas. “I’ve worked and lived in some of Australia’s most remote mines and mining towns, combined with towns such as Orange, Parkes and Singleton in New South Wales, I have experienced first-hand just how vital it is for the mining industry to look after these communities and to do our jobs to the best of our ability so that both parties reap the benefits,” she said.

A highlight for day 2 will be the panel discussion on how the mining community can reinvent its approach to talent acquisition and retention for today’s agile, digital, mobile, analytical, and technologically-driven workforce. Mining Leaders Group Founder Brett Cunningham, CEO of Weld Australia Geoff Crittenden, and Jamie Frankcombe, Whitehaven Coal’s COO, will lead the thought-provoking discussion that will exchange ideas and share current thinking to prepare for tomorrow’s demands in areas such as recruiting, educating schools, upskilling and diversity.

More than 6,000 mining industry professionals and more than 500 exhibitors are set to take over Sydney’s Showgrounds across three days from the August 27-29.

Embedded within the exhibition and conference, five of Australia’s biggest mining companies, Centennial Coal, Glencore, Mach Energy, Whitehaven Coal and Yancoal will for the first time, come together to create the AIMEX Mining Pavilion. AIMEX Exhibition Director Brandon Ward said no other mining event gives visitors access to this volume of suppliers and this caliber of speakers for free.