Mine Site Automation an Answer to Mining Skill Shortages

By Iqpc Middle East, PRNE
Sunday, July 31, 2011

DUBAI, UAE, August 1, 2011 -


The mining sector is currently experiencing improved market conditions, increased global demand for minerals and a boom in commodity prices. Despite this the industry continues to struggle to attract skilled workers and the question remains as to what this means for mining companies’ bottom-line.

The lack of skilled mining professionals is likely to be the one of the key drivers in next generation mining with mine workers trading in their steel-toed boots for a headset and computer mouse as leading mining companies embrace mine automation to help solve their labour shortages and ramp up output.

R&D development projects, how to invest in the right automation technologies, wireless communications improvements, improved safety and integrated solutions are some of the key issues which will be discussed  at the Mine Automation and Communication Africa conference, taking place 19-20 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. The programme features some of the leading voices of the mining sector, including Mike MacFarlane, VP: Technical, AngloGold Ashanti; Olga Satwell, CEO, Australian Centre for Robotics, Australia; Lou Moller, Senior Solution Specialist: Mining, Exxaro; Rolf Walther, Head of Technology, Central Rand Gold. The event will also include leading presentations from technology partners; Metso, Mine Site Technologies, Joy Mining, Becker Mining, Sandvik, Barloworld Equipment, Emerson Process Management, Rockwell Automation, Zurich Insurance and Micromine,  who will showcase leading solutions at the event.

About IQPC:

For over thirty years, IQPC has helped the world’s leading corporate companies solve their business challenges through the sharing of practical industry solutions and global best practice. In the process, the company has built a formidable reputation for quality and value. The world’s most progressive companies have benefited from IQPC’s unrivalled global reach, which has connected international expertise with regional and local leaders.


For more information about Mine Automation & Communication Africa please visit www.mineautomationafrica.com  or contact Katia Andrejev, Marketing Manager, IQPC Middle East, Email enquiry@iqpc.ae or call +971-364-2975


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