IMARC: Where news strikes gold

The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Sydney this week attracted 9,000 delegates from 120 countries, 600 speakers, and more than 500 exhibitors who over 3 days held some 3,000 face-to-face meetings.

Yet the 10th instalment of the iconic event had one main objective – bringing together the collective mining, METS, and investment community to engage and collaborate at a time when the world needs more minerals and commodities than ever before.

Mining.com.au was an official media partner this year and had a team descend onto ICC Sydney, who saw firsthand the series of compelling presentations, panels, roundtables, and sideline discussions.

For the most part, IMARC canvassed a range of major issues including the race to secure critical minerals; the important contribution of Mining Equipment, Technology, and Services (METS) companies; ESG goals; connecting innovation with capital; and attracting and skilling a diverse workforce of the future, among others.

Mining.com.au Managing Director Christopher Norris said following the event, as an official media partner and attendee of IMARC, one standout theme to emerge was the need for METS companies to have a louder voice in the resources sector.

“Oftentimes, the news media report on just flashes of brilliance. What we should be doing is shining a light on broader burgeoning issues and on sectors as a whole, with stories that illuminate important ideas, leaving luminescence where there was once darkness.

“Oftentimes, the news media report on just flashes of brilliance. What we should be doing is shining a light on broader burgeoning issues and on sectors as a whole, with stories that illuminate important ideas, leaving luminescence where there was once darkness

An iconic event like IMARC provides the perfect platform for those in the mining industry to have their moment in the spotlight. This has been visibly evident from the news stories our team has been able to generate prior, during, and after the conference.”

Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Events Daniel Kirwin said IMARC continues to grow year-on-year and the record numbers in 2023 cemented IMARC as one of the top global forums for miners, investors, METS companies, and governments.

“The strong theme that has emerged this week is that the world needs more minerals and commodities than ever to achieve our decarbonisation goals, but the industry must earn and retain the trust of the community to do the right thing socially and environmentally. This message has been consistent throughout IMARC’s 10 years.

The ability to bring global leaders to IMARC reflects the maturity of an industry that is prepared to not only come together to talk about the big challenges, but to bring real solutions.”

Beacon Events Chief Operating Officer Anita Richards added: “From modest beginnings 10 years ago, IMARC has become one of the world’s most important industry conferences and Australia’s largest business event.”

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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Written By Adam Orlando
Mining.com.au Editor-in-Chief Adam Orlando has more than 20 years’ experience in the media having held senior roles at various publications, including as Asia-Pacific Sector Head (Mining) at global newswire Acuris (formerly Mergermarket). Orlando has worked in newsrooms around the world including Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and Sydney.