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Venue

Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 Second Avenue South Minneapolis , Minnesota 55403
Tel: (612) 335-6000
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2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo - Society For Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration

6,000 550

Overview

Event Overview:

Vision, Innovation and Identity: Step Change for a Sustainable Future

The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section is committed to providing you with the insights, information and tools you need in an era of industry innovation and economic change.


The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section provides a forum for more than 6,000 industry professionals from across the world to share innovative ideas, best practices and cutting-edge research in more than 120 technical sessions along with an expansive marketplace of more than 550 exhibiting companies. This combination is a unique opportunity for you to hear from and interact with these leaders as you work to put the tools and initiatives in place that will enable you to adapt to this new reality.

  • Learn more about the continuing need for innovation throughout the industry from the mining professionals who have been able to quickly and efficiently deploy resources when and where they are needed, growing shareholder value and securing profits.

  • Hear from leaders and innovators who have overcome the complacency that creeps into an industry such as ours during periods of uncertainty. The combination of long-term vision, industry innovation and cultural identity is the key to remaining competitive in today’s local and global economy.

Experience the 6th North American Iron Ore Symposium

Get a closer look at northern U.S. mining operations and the “Iron Range” where you will be given the unique and rare opportunity to see the local mining industry.

Exhibitor Information:

Benefits of Exhibiting

The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section is a unique opportunity for companies in the mining and related industries to increase their profitability and develop new networks. The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section allows the mining industry a chance to share experiences and identify mutual opportunities for growth and success around the world. Here are some of the reasons why your company needs to exhibit at the most talked about industry conference of 2018:


  1. The Industry's Premier Conference

    Four days of in-depth technical sessions, networking, activities, functions and field trips make the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section the leading conference in the industry.

  2. Profitable Interaction

    One-on-one access to more than 6,000 qualified industry professionals eager to learn how your products and services can help their organization succeed in today's tumultuous market.

  3. Connect

    Learn how mining professionals and organizations are working together to pilot new initiatives, and plan your organization's marketing strategy to appeal to these new and emerging industry markets.

  4. Industry Insight

    Enhance and expand your understanding of the mining industry's purchasing strategies while participating in conference workshops, activities and functions.

  5. Build Your Network

    The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section is the perfect venue to meet the movers and shakers of the industry, and to introduce them to your products and services. Network with peers and experts alike. Capitalize on this unique opportunity to discuss industry issues and share insight, while enjoying a fantastic venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

  6. Identify Opportunities

    Create dialogue with conference attendees and help to create the perfect solution for their organization using your specialized services and products. The exhibit hall is the perfect place to do live equipment demonstrations, video demonstrations and to have open, honest dialogue with your current customers and prospects.

  7. Support the International Industry

    The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section is an international conference, garnering the support of mining organizations from around the world. Exhibiting shows support for international industry and encourages international collaboration on trending mining issues in industrialized nations.

  8. Brand Recognition

    Increase exposure and brand awareness through your exhibit space on the expansive exhibit hall floor. Surrounded by industry leaders like you, our exhibit hall is known for hosting the top names in the mining industry today. Choose your perfect exhibit space today.

  9. Customer Insights

    Gain valuable first-hand input and feedback from customers as they interact with your products and services on the exhibit hall floor. Gain a deeper understanding of what drives your target market and how your product helps them to solve their organization's greatest problems.

  10. Amazing Opportunity

    Save valuable time and money, and achieve numerous sales and marketing objectives in an effective and efficient forum.

About SME:

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose nearly 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 85 countries. SME members are engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers.  SME advances the worldwide minerals community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff of 45 are located in Englewood, Colorado.

Keynote Speakers

Ivan Arriagada

CEO

Antofagasta PLC

Monday, February 26, 2018

Industrial Innovation and Mining

The purpose of this session is to highlight the importance of industrial innovation, including in the mining sector. What does innovation mean locally, nationally and internationally for promotion of sustainable production of minerals, both in the U.S. and globally?

An impressive slate of speakers will discuss their insight and perspective on:

  • U.S. and global minerals production, and the importance of the U.S. to maintain a major role in the minerals industry, both as a producer and as a technology leader.
  • What is required for Minnesota to continue to be a leading producer of minerals (e.g., iron ore, non-ferrous minerals, industrial minerals), and for other U.S. regions, the importance of developing and producing minerals domestically.
  • The role of the U.S. government in supporting innovation, particularly in research and development across industry, academia, and agencies.
  • What the minerals industry can do to increase the probability of opening mines in the U.S.

The session will include a Panel Discussion Emphasis will be placed on innovation, with respect to both technology and social responsibility, in developed and developing regions of the world. Topics will include:

  • Global innovation, and the need for dialog with “all stakeholders” for socially-responsive interaction with local and regional communities.
  • Environmental responsibility and industrial activities, including mining, in the 21st century
  • Joint U.S. government/industry funding of research and development in sustainable mining – as is now available in other countries – to ensure that the U.S. remains in the forefront of innovation and sustainable practice. What has been lost, and how can it be regained?
  • The decline of U.S. university mining engineering programs and its impact on innovation in mineral extraction technology, and recycling and substitution of materials.  

Iván has held the position of CEO of Antofagasta Minerals since February 2015, working closely with Diego on integrating management practices to strengthen the mining division as the industry continues to adapt to challenging market conditions. Since joining the Company, Iván has led a rigorous cost reduction programme, focusing on maintaining the Company´s healthy balance sheet while ensuring all of the Company´s operations are generating operating cash flow at current copper prices.

Lourenco Goncalves

CEO

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Industrial Innovation and Mining

The purpose of this session is to highlight the importance of industrial innovation, including in the mining sector. What does innovation mean locally, nationally and internationally for promotion of sustainable production of minerals, both in the U.S. and globally?

An impressive slate of speakers will discuss their insight and perspective on:

  • U.S. and global minerals production, and the importance of the U.S. to maintain a major role in the minerals industry, both as a producer and as a technology leader.
  • What is required for Minnesota to continue to be a leading producer of minerals (e.g., iron ore, non-ferrous minerals, industrial minerals), and for other U.S. regions, the importance of developing and producing minerals domestically.
  • The role of the U.S. government in supporting innovation, particularly in research and development across industry, academia, and agencies.
  • What the minerals industry can do to increase the probability of opening mines in the U.S.

The session will include a Panel Discussion Emphasis will be placed on innovation, with respect to both technology and social responsibility, in developed and developing regions of the world. Topics will include:

  • Global innovation, and the need for dialog with “all stakeholders” for socially-responsive interaction with local and regional communities.
  • Environmental responsibility and industrial activities, including mining, in the 21st century
  • Joint U.S. government/industry funding of research and development in sustainable mining – as is now available in other countries – to ensure that the U.S. remains in the forefront of innovation and sustainable practice. What has been lost, and how can it be regained?
  • The decline of U.S. university mining engineering programs and its impact on innovation in mineral extraction technology, and recycling and substitution of materials.

Mr. Goncalves’ brings more than 30 years of experience in the metals and mining industries, as well as extensive Board experience in the United States and abroad. Mr. Goncalves served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metals USA Holdings Corp., a leading American manufacturer and processor of steel and other metals, from May 2006 through April 2013, and was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the company since February 2003. Mr. Goncalves also served as a board member of Ascometal SAS, a manufacturer of special steel headquartered in Paris, France, from October 2011 to April 2014. Prior to Metals USA, Mr. Goncalves served as President and Chief Executive Officer of California Steel Industries, Inc. from March 1998 to February 2003. From 1981 to 1998 he was employed by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, a leading steel and mining company in Brazil, where he held several positions in operations and sales.

Mr. Goncalves earned a Masters of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rolf T. Weberg

Executive Director

Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth

Monday, February 26, 2018

Industrial Innovation and Mining

The purpose of this session is to highlight the importance of industrial innovation, including in the mining sector. What does innovation mean locally, nationally and internationally for promotion of sustainable production of minerals, both in the U.S. and globally?

An impressive slate of speakers will discuss their insight and perspective on:

  • U.S. and global minerals production, and the importance of the U.S. to maintain a major role in the minerals industry, both as a producer and as a technology leader.
  • What is required for Minnesota to continue to be a leading producer of minerals (e.g., iron ore, non-ferrous minerals, industrial minerals), and for other U.S. regions, the importance of developing and producing minerals domestically.
  • The role of the U.S. government in supporting innovation, particularly in research and development across industry, academia, and agencies.
  • What the minerals industry can do to increase the probability of opening mines in the U.S.

The session will include a Panel Discussion Emphasis will be placed on innovation, with respect to both technology and social responsibility, in developed and developing regions of the world. Topics will include:

  • Global innovation, and the need for dialog with “all stakeholders” for socially-responsive interaction with local and regional communities.
  • Environmental responsibility and industrial activities, including mining, in the 21st century
  • Joint U.S. government/industry funding of research and development in sustainable mining – as is now available in other countries – to ensure that the U.S. remains in the forefront of innovation and sustainable practice. What has been lost, and how can it be regained?
  • The decline of U.S. university mining engineering programs and its impact on innovation in mineral extraction technology, and recycling and substitution of materials.

Experienced technology leader with strong leadership and communication skills; able to bridge between R&D, operations, marketing and end-use customers. Creative and effective in developing and delivering solutions to complex problems as either leader or member of cross-functional teams. Innovation leader; seeks to exploit new technology intersections to drive new materials & product development. Green Belt certified.

Specialties: Technology leadership, IP protection strategies, chemistry, formulation & product development, technical marketing development, polymer chemistry, coatings, composites, process development.

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