Despite tough market conditions, stakeholders in the Zambian mining industry remain optimistic, and look to the growth potential of the industry in the future. “We remain convinced that Zambia is an attractive mining destination and remain positive that the industry will recover in time,” says Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) event director Nicole Smith. The outlook for copper demand is more positive from 2017/2018, which will bring in a new cycle of production and operations ramp-up.
“Innovation is the key for mining companies who are facing the current challenges of a global down turn, low commodity prices and increasing costs. Innovation will help companies fight to preserve their operations through cost cutting and optimisation initiatives in the short term. Innovation will also aid mining companies to ensure their readiness for the upward turn of the copper price and commodity demand in the next economic cycle,” says Smith.
CBM-TEC’s free to attend technical workshops for mine managers, engineers and technical mining personnel are the ideal platform to upskill mine personal on the latest innovations available in the copper mining sector. The workshops will equip mine operators on the latest technologies and cutting-edge solutions helping them stay ahead of the pack and run sustainable, productive operations.
Workshop topics include Mine Management Systems, which will introduce mine personnel to leading service providers and engineers with extensive experience in the Zambian and African markets. Cost Optimisation is another workshop theme which will provide mines with best practices in maintaining efficient operations during a down cycle. This session will focus on the critical lean practices that can help all role players on the mine to perform at optimum, while adjusting to industry constraints in current market conditions.
Other workshop topics will include: New ways of providing shaft access to underground mines; Essential risk management for the Zambian context; Mine production and productivity constraints at old Zambian mines; How to create a planning model for overall optimisation; The impact of TPM practices on manufacturing performance and Emergency preparedness.
“The CBM-TEC free to attend workshops will provide a valuable opportunity for mine managers, engineers and technical mining personnel to access the latest innovative ideas and know-how to help them operate in today’s challenging operating environment, and prepare for the industry recovery in the next 18-24 months. As Zambia’s premier mining, marketplace and networking event for local, international and regional companies that operate within the country’s mineral rich Copperbelt region, CBM-TEC will add real value to an industry in need of innovative solutions,” says Smith. CBM-TEC will take place at the Kitwe Showgrounds from 12-13 May 2016.
In association with the Electra Mining Africa exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa, CBM-TEC is organised jointly by Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery and Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.