As we plan for the eighth in the series of The AusIMM Open Pit Mining Conferences, we are making a shift in the emphasis and naming of the next conference. We are moving to an operator’s conference, with the emphasis on operations, through case studies and operations based papers and no longer confining the conference by name to just ‘large’ operations. The conference will be called the Eighth AusIMM Open Pit Operators’ (OPO) Conference 2012. During the time of the last two large open pit conferences, we experienced significant swings in commodity prices market demand, fuel prices and the availability of equipment, consumables and of most importance, skilled personnel - all key driving factors in the industry. Whilst there is some global concern, at the time of writing, of a latent double dip to the GFC crisis, we prepare for this conference with great confidence and with the industry again facing continuing demand for raw materials, record prices and a scarcity of skilled personnel.
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