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Revealed: Expertise on offer at BULK2024 to benefit sector

BULK2024 plans to highlight the mining industry. Quarry learns how the resources sector can benefit.

As Australia grows, its demand for minerals grows too. The country’s metals are needed to create vital infrastructure, manufacturing, and for export.

Changes to technology are also having a major impact on mining and mining methods. The Minerals Council of Australia claims that by 2030, to meet the world’s demand for storage alone will require 50 new lithium mines, 60 new nickel mines and 17 new cobalt mines.

The council also expects mining investment is expected to increase by US$100 billion annually from current levels to produce the mineral commodities required for the world to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

It’s an important time for the industry, bringing about new challenges and lessons to be learned.

For this reason, the resources industry will play a major role at the upcoming Australian Bulk Handling Expo (BULK2024).

Located at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, the event aims to help spread industrial knowledge, showcase the latest technologies and innovations, and provide an opportunity to network with like-minded peers.

BULK2024 show director Lauren Chartres said that while the event will bring all producers of bulk commodities together, there will be a special focus on how other sectors can learn from the resources industry.

“There is so much happening in the mining industry, and the scale of the technology that is used creates engineering challenges and solutions that could help other industries,” she said.

“The quarrying sector, in particular, shares a lot of technologies and types of equipment with the mining industry.

“Tapping into that wealth of knowledge and expertise can help businesses find an edge.”

BULK2024 is aimed at bulk commodity producers who are looking to run their businesses more efficiently and keep one step ahead of the competition. Image: Prime Creative Media

BULK2024 is aimed at bulk commodity producers who are looking to run their businesses more efficiently and keep one step ahead of the competition.

To ensure they can do that, the latest in equipment will be on display, including conveyors, silos, motors and drives, belt scrapers, container tipplers, dust control systems, and weighing or level measuring products.

“The mining industry is also embracing innovative new technology. Industry 4.0, automation, and artificial intelligence have the potential to radically change the way businesses operate,” Chartres said.

Attendees will have the chance to connect with industry leaders and innovators on the show floor and at various networking opportunities at the show.

It will also offer the opportunity to meet with new clients, learn about new markets and connect with customers you might never have met elsewhere.

The expo will be held in conjunction with one of Australia’s biggest transport, logistics and supply chain events, MEGATRANS2020. The two events will be hosted over 30,000 square metres at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with one ticket entry for access to both exhibitions.

“We’re inviting everyone to be a part of this game-changing expo – from hands-on decision makers in the bulk handling industry to CEOs, COOs, regulatory bodies, and government at all levels,” Chartres said.

“We’ve seen how impactful bringing the industry together was at BULK2022 and are excited to see the industry continue to grow.” •

BULK2024 will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18 – 19 September, 2024.

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