Media Release

World demand for raw materials in threat of becoming unsustainable

17 August 2018

Media Release

The greatest challenge facing the resources sector is the projected growth in the worldwide demand for raw materials and the inability of recycling to meet those needs, a conference being held in Brisbane on the 19-21 November will warn.

The AusIMM Complex Orebodies conference will hear from a series of industry experts on meeting the future demand of the supply through the mining of increasingly difficult deposits.

‘Complex Orebodies’ are those deposits that are challenged by the interactions between technical, environmental; community and state, marketing and economic circumstances. In the case of as yet unmined deposits these factors interact so that mining these raw materials emerge as very complex proposals that are hard to finance.

AusIMM CEO, Stephen Durkin said that the conference was an essential discussion for industry to have, when considering the future direction of the sector.

“As policy evolves to keep up to increasing societal demands, new rules create complexity for existing mines, threatening their survival if they cannot adjust to the new environment.”

“As researchers, policy makers, mining companies, equipment suppliers and the governments and communities rise to these challenges it is becoming increasingly clear that “Complex Orebodies” are the deposits that without solutions to these dynamic and interconnected issues, may never be mined.”

Authors and keynote speakers for the conference have been invited from all global jurisdictions across the entire spectrum of disciplines. Delegates will gain insights from case studies of existing complex orebodies and an analysis of the future technical social, political, environmental landscape as it affects mining and material supply.

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