Technology and innovation spearheading a more collaborative mining industry

After successfully managing the global pandemic with record sales for the Western Australian resource sector in 2020 and suggestions that mineral production will continue to accelerate in the coming years, it is more important than ever that market-leading technologies are at the forefront of the industry’s expansion .

Strategy, collaboration and technology have emerged as key issues for the mining industry to manage the risks and opportunities in 2021. The opportunity to connect in person and share information is vital and the groundbreaking second edition of the WA Mining Conference, to be held in Perth July 21-22, will help the industry come together again.

The two-day conference program will actively explore issues such as the geopolitical and economic drivers of a post-Covid world as they specifically affect the Western Australian mining sector. The program examines the latest technological advances, including automation, robotics, and how businesses are challenged by the onset of innovation.

On the first day, the highlight of the plenary session will be a panel discussion on what post-Covid innovation will look like and what impact it will have on exploration, new projects, mining operational demand, and resource and technology export markets, when Western Australia arises this crisis.

The panel discussion will be attended by Managing Director of Imvelo and Director of Digital Value Chains Curtin University Alan Bye, Mets Ignited CEO Adrian Beer, Andrew Bailey CEO of MinEX CRC and David Cormack, a partner of Deloitte.

WA Mining Conference Advisor Ric Gros said the 2021 event will be a celebration of the state’s rich mining sector. “Western Australia is a world-leading mining jurisdiction, rich in mining mineral diversity, with over 40% of Australia’s mines operating. Its research, innovation and mining operations are world class and a target hub for mining technology companies,” said Gros.

“At the WA Mining Conference we would like to celebrate the richness of this amazing sector with you. We look forward to seeing you there.” The WA Mining Conference will also look at changes in government policy and how the collaboration will help overcome inherent uncertainties while focusing on sustainability and climate change and its risks to WA’s resource sector.

Other key sessions of the two-day conference include an in-depth look at WA’s renewable hydrogen strategy and opportunities for the mining sector, a presentation on critical minerals and how Australia can take advantage of this opportunity, and a series of round table discussions on the future Design of mining equipment and the inclusion of the resource sector in the space sector.

In addition to the conference, there will be a targeted supplier presentation where delegates can purchase the latest products and services, as well as a networking event on the first evening to exchange ideas with colleagues from across the state.

WA Mining will take place on Wednesday, July 21st and Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Center with admission on both days at 9 a.m. The WA Mining Conference has developed a tiered pricing structure that greatly reduces the ticket price the more tickets you buy. Save 50% when you buy 5 or more tickets. Further information on the agenda and tickets can be found at

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