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The AusIMM Mill Operators’ Series returns to Queensland where it all began!
The 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference will be hosted in Townsville, north Queensland, which follows the highly successful Hobart event which attracted over 400 industry professionals. Inaugurated in Mt Isa in 1978, the biennial conference aims to promote the sharing of knowledge in operating practices for mineral processing plants, including extractive metallurgy, process control and environmental issues.
Based on feedback from previous Mill Operators’ events we are requesting papers to have a greater emphasis on practical experiences and learnings in operating plants, rather than purely academic research. This does not, however, deter from presenting successes (or failures) from the application of next generation technologies and cutting edge innovations.
Much of the recent minerals boom was due to very high commodity prices, to the detriment of processing plants having to focus on lower production costs and improving their recoveries. With the current boom drawing to an end, processing plants need to consider how they will maintain productivity and profitability in coming years.
Australasian operations have seen increasing operational costs and skills shortages with lower grade and/or more complex orebodies, this combined with increasing competition from low-wage countries indicates that we need to lower our cost of production even further.
The 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference will provide the opportunity for plant operators, metallurgists, engineers and operational staff to learn, share and network with others in the minerals industry to help survive the lows of this current cycle.