Seville, 11 March 2019.– Seville City Hall’s Gala Dining Room has hosted the ceremony by means of which COMINROC (Confederation of Rock and Industrial Mineral Extractive Industries) signed its commitment to the organization of the third edition of MMH (Mining and Minerals Hall), an international meeting focused on the mining sector to be held at FIBES, Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre, from 15 to 17 October 2019.
During the signing ceremony the Chief Executive Director of Contursa, Antonio Muñoz; the Commissioner of Mining and Minerals Hall, Javier Targhetta; and the Technical Secretary General of COMINROC, César Luaces Frades, highlighted the vital importance of this alliance between both institutions. COMINROC is an institution of recognised prestige in the Spanish industry representing ten sectors of the extractive industry, namely Aggregates, Lime, Cement, Industrial Minerals, Ornamental Rock, Clays, Slates, Magnesites, Siliceous Sands and Gypsums. This implies that, in addition to metallic and metallurgic mining, 100% of the members of the mining activity sector will be represented in the organization of the Hall.
In this way, Mining and Minerals Hall goes on its path as a reference for the international mining industry, by offering companies a trade networking setting and providing professionals with a discussion forum to share experiences and generate knowledge. In this third edition, that knowledge focuses on technological trends in mining.
As the Commissioner of the Hall and CEO of Atlantic Copper, Javier Targhetta, pointed out, “very often, the level of development of a society is measured by how it uses its own mining resources or those it imports, and also the economic value of those resources throughout the different stages of processing and use. In Europe, extraction and supply of mining resources play an outstanding role in the economic and social development and, therefore, our continent clearly opts for securing raw material supply by promoting its exploration and operation, as well as its recycling. So, extraction companies and their complementary industrial sector make major investments in improving all the processes in order to fully integrate mining within the environment and society, without ignoring research, so important to achieve progress in new areas such as underwater or asteroid mining. In this context, the good news about the European mining industry is that it is also among the most modern, innovative industrial sectors in the world.”
During the signing ceremony, they also referred to the positive difference that the extraction industry makes to the regions where it operates. This social and economic value mostly remains in the areas where the mining production sites are located and makes it, therefore, a key business sector in generating and maintaining employment in rural areas and supplying the raw materials which are essential for the welfare of all citizens.
Aim: improve the 2017 figures
The second edition of Metallic Mining Hall, held in 2017 as it is a biennial event, reported 10% increase of exhibiting companies, visitors and participants in the technical conference and business activities as compared to the first edition in 2015. Altogether there were more than 120 exhibitors, more than 11,000 visitors and around 800 participants at the conference. This meeting gathered relevant professionals and experts of the sector for three days in a scientific programme with up to 70 sessions focusing on sustainability and circular economy. The main mining industries in the world attended this second meeting, generating a direct economic impact of 4 million euros and an indirect impact of 5.5 million euros in Seville.
One of the main missions of the Spanish Confederation of Rock and Industrial Mineral Extractive Industries, born in 2009, is to represent ten sectors of the extractive industry: Aggregates, Lime, Cement, Industrial Minerals, Ornamental Rock, Clays, Slates, Magnesites, Siliceous Sands and Gypsums, in dealing with institutions, private and public bodies as well as public administration, both in Spain and abroad. For that purpose, it defends and promotes its members’ interests in relation to, among others, the extraction, production, distribution and promotion of the operated natural resources; their processing and development to obtain building materials and mineral products; their recycling and reuse; mining site restoration; machinery, implements, energy, equipment, and, ultimately, the elements necessary for their extraction, production and use. It also encourages the sustainable development of the sector, through technical improvement and the application of good practices regarding production and product quality, environment, and workplace health and safety.