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Mill Operators Conference 2024

About Mill Operators Conference

Celebrating 46 years of advancing mineral processing

About Mill Operators Conference

Celebrating 46 years of advancing mineral processing


Celebrating a Legacy of Excellence and Shaping the Future of Minerals Processing

Since its inception in 1978, the Mill Operators Conference has been at the forefront of advancing the minerals processing industry. What began as a regional gathering in Mount Isa has grown into a global event, attracting professionals from around the world. Now approaching its 16th iteration, scheduled from 21-23 October 2024, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the conference continues to evolve while remaining committed to its core mission of knowledge sharing, innovation, and professional development.


From Humble Beginnings to Global Recognition

The early years of the Mill Operators Conference saw it held at irregular intervals, primarily in regional centres of Australasia. The first ten conferences, spanning from 1978 to 2010, were pivotal in establishing a foundation for collaboration and learning among industry professionals. It was in 2012 that the conference transitioned to a regular biennial schedule, marking a significant milestone in its evolution. This shift allowed for more consistent engagement and participation from a growing global audience, reflecting the increasing importance of the event on the international stage.


A Global Hub for Industry Advancements

Today, the Mill Operators Conference stands as a beacon of excellence and innovation in minerals processing. It has grown exponentially in both scope and attendance, attracting over 600 professionals to its latest gatherings. Participants include metallurgists, geometallurgists, engineers, executives, and industry leaders who converge to explore the latest advancements, best practices, and emerging trends in mill operations. The conference's reputation as a global hub for industry advancements underscores its pivotal role in shaping the future of minerals processing.

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Showcasing Cutting-Edge Technologies and Innovations

Central to the conference's appeal is its commitment to showcasing cutting-edge technologies and innovations. The exhibition trade show, a cornerstone of the event, provides delegates with firsthand access to the latest products, services, and solutions driving progress in mill operations. From digital transformation and AI applications to sustainable mining practices, the trade show offers a comprehensive view of the industry's evolving landscape.

"Mill Ops has grown significantly over the years and is now one of, if not the biggest worldwide gathering of minerals processers’. The tradeshow is second to none and is an excellent opportunity for operations professionals to meet and interact with suppliers and service providers." David Seaman, Conference Co-Chair and Manager Directional Studies & Innovation, Newcrest Mining Ltd. 

Attendees can explore innovative technologies, engage with industry experts, and discover new ways to enhance operational efficiency and sustainability. The interactive nature of the exhibition encourages networking and collaboration, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and insights among peers and stakeholders.

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Embracing Digital Transformation and Innovation

In an era marked by rapid technological advancement, the minerals processing industry is embracing digital transformation like never before. The conference will delve into the transformative potential of data science, AI, and machine learning in optimising processes, improving efficiency, and driving sustainable growth. Attendees will gain practical insights through case studies and real-world applications, illustrating how these technologies are reshaping the landscape of mill operations.

Discover the conference themes shaping the presentations below:

1. Operating updates and newly commissioned plants

• Operating updates
• Newly commissioned plants

2. Best practice in existing plant operations:

• Process Control, Automation and Data Science
• Geometallurgy
• Tailings management
• Training, professional development and retention

3. Operation and optimisation of key unit operations:

• Comminution
• Flotation
• Gravity
• Dewatering
• Hydromet
• Emerging Technologies

4. Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)

• Tailings
• Power, Water
• Recycle, Reuse and Circular Economies
• Social aspects

Conference Highlights

Networking and Collaboration

Beyond its educational sessions, the conference serves as a catalyst for networking and collaboration among peers and industry. Attendees have the opportunity to forge new partnerships, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities for innovation and growth. The interactive nature of the event fosters a vibrant environment where knowledge sharing and professional development thrive, ensuring that delegates leave with actionable insights and valuable connections.

My professional network expanded following interactions with vendors and other metallurgists and operators interested or curious about the technology," remarked an attendee of Mill Operators 2021. This sentiment is echoed by many who have attended the conference, highlighting the importance of the event in fostering professional growth and development.

Invaluable Case Studies

Case studies are a cornerstone of the Mill Operators Conference, providing delegates with practical examples of how theoretical concepts are applied in the field. These case studies highlight successes, challenges, and lessons learned from various mill operations around the world.

A notable case study from a previous conference was picked up by Emily Jacques and her team for Newcrest's 'Red Chris Mine'. By drawing from the learnings presented at the conference, they successfully implemented new strategies and technologies that led to significant improvements in their operations.

Such success stories are a testament to the value of attending the conference and the tangible benefits it can bring to participants and their organisations.  

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Insights from Esteemed Keynote Speakers

Meet Keynote Speakers who will provide expert insights and draw from their extensive experience in mining engineering, energy transitions, and sustainability.

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