On 27th and 28th June 2019, the MiningForum brought together in Berlin/Germany international experts from industry and science for an exchange of ideas on current topics and trends. The wide range of topics covered all the major trends in the sector: digitalisation, automation, sustainability and post-mining. The keynote speakers examined specific issues in mining, such as Leonhard Weixler, Chairman of the DeepSea Mining Alliance, who spoke about exploration and technology in deep-sea mining, or Thomas Lautsch, Technical Managing Director of the BGE, who explained the current status of the search for a German final deposit site for highly radioactive waste.
In his welcoming address, Oli-ver Wittke, State Secretary in the German Ministry of Economics, which has assumed sponsorship for this year’s MiningForum, was pleased to stress the innovative- capacity and power of the German mining industry, which is reflected in the success on the major foreign markets. Digitalisation, reliability and quality are the driving forces of this positive development. Further words of greeting at the opening came from Baldo Prokuriça, Minister for Mines of this year’s guest country Chile (Figure 1), and from Pierre-Marie Abadie, Chairman of the Board at ANDRA in France.
Since 1991, the MiningForum of DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Essen/Germany, has taken place at first at two-year intervals and nowadays yearly. Over the past years, Berlin has established itself as the location for the event. Over 300 mining experts met for presentations, expert discussions and the transfer of knowledge at the highest level. The specialist exhibition, with participants from industry, research and institutions, rounded off the programme.
The leading German mining universities from Aachen (Figure 2), Bochum, Clausthal and Freiberg were represented with their innovative ideas for scientific training, as was Schachtbau Nordhausen GmbH as a provider of large machines, or the Mining Competence Network and the German Raw Materials Agency. One centre of attraction at the exhibition was the new E-Cruiser from the company SMT Scharf for the emission-free underground transport of persons and material. K-UTEC from Sonders-hausen highlighted the diverse areas of use of its sensors for geophysical mine monitoring, and also highly specialised providers such as Nyrosten presented their know-how. (MS/Si.)