Fig. 1. The DMT MiningForum offered exchange views and networking opportunities to its participants. // Bild 1. Das DMT MiningForum bot seinen Teilnehmern Gelegenheit zur Information und zum persönlichen Austausch. Photo/Foto: VDMA

Mining the future

More than 370 experts and decision makers met at this year’s MiningForum on 1st and 2nd June to learn about the latest trends in the raw materials industry, exchange views and expand their network for future cooperation (Figure 1). With stronger than ever international participation, the event welcomed visitors from 18 countries, including Canada, Chile, Finland, Australia and Mongolia.

The forum, which is held biennially, has been running for 26 years. Since it began in 1991, organisers of the event, DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Essen/Germany, has aimed to provide an informative program with a strong thematic focus. Today the topics of the presentations cover the entire value chain in the mining industry, from resource exploration to extraction and beyond to mine closure and management of post-mining issues. The accompanying trade exhibition offered companies a platform to present their products and services in a premium environment.

This year’s presentation sessions were on the themes:

  • exploration and developing deposits;
  • extraction and transport;
  • international mining projects;
  • post-mining management and use;
  • research and development; and
  • future-oriented industry 4.0 in the mining sector.

Fig. 2. Prof. Günter Apel was honoured with the first MiningForum Award. // Bild 2. Prof. Günter Apel (DMT) erhielt den erstmals verliehenen MiningForum Award. Photo/Foto: VDMA

At the traditional miners’ social evening Prof. Günther Apel, Head of Mining at DMT, was honoured with the first personalised “MiningForum Award” for his many years of commitment to the event (Figure 2). Through his remarkable efforts in recent years, Prof. Apel has made a valuable contribution to the forum and its reputation in the mining market. This accolade also earned him honorary life membership to the MiningForum.