The National Mining Association (NMA) announced that Jeffrey Dawes of Komatsu will chair MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2020. A longtime leader within Komatsu and the industry, Dawes is vice president of Komatsu’s Global Mining Business Division, and president and CEO of Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Komatsu Mining Corp.

Held every four years and sponsored by the NMA, MINExpo INTERNATIONAL is the world’s largest and most comprehensive global mining event, bringing together worldwide industry leaders who are ready to purchase the latest equipment and services, explore innovative new technologies, meet face-to-face with suppliers, and make valuable new connections.

“I am honored and excited to be chairing the 2020 show,” Dawes said. “What an exciting time for our industry and a great moment to gather as one to reveal the future of mining and the latest tools and technologies to meet the world’s demand for essential minerals.”

Born in Australia, Dawes studied metallurgy at the Western Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie and completed a doctorate degree at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Center at the University of Queensland. He began his career as a mining consultant, and worked for several mining companies in different capacities before joining Komatsu in 1998.

“As the leader of a company that represents nearly a century of manufacturing excellence, which consistently advances and showcases our industry’s best technologies, I can’t think of a better chair for MINExpo 2020 than Jeff,” said Rich Nolan, NMA president and CEO. “Next year’s MINExpo will bring together more than 40,000 attendees — both those who have been in the industry for decades and those who are just beginning their mining careers, representing domestic and international operations and all phases of mining. With its strong domestic foundation in the U.S., but extensive global footprint, Komatsu is an ideal partner for 2020.”

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL covers the entire industry — exploration, mine development, open pit, underground mining, processing, safety, environmental improvement and more. MINExpo 2020 will take place September 28-30, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.