Free, Practical Workshops for Mining Community at Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo & Conference in Kitwe in May

Kitwe, Zambia, March 20, 2015 --( The free, practical workshops at the Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference or CBM-TEC in Zambia’s mining hub Kitwe were so well attended last year that the organisers have doubled the size of the workshop space for this year’s event from 5-6 May. The event will once again gather thousands of mining experts and service providers to the industry in the heart of the Zambian Copperbelt.

“Last year the launch event attracted some 1400 visitors which indicated that we are addressing a great need in the industry,” says CBM-TEC event director Nicole Smith. “Also the workshops on the expo floor were very popular and jam-packed so this year we want to make sure we can accommodate everyone so we have vastly increased the size of the tent where the workshops and technical presentations take place.”

According to Nicole, health and safety, technology and improving productivity are some of the main themes of the workshops which are aimed at mining engineers, geologists and plant managers. “We will offer expert perspectives on how to minimise health and safety risks – while complying with regulation, ensuring a secure working environment. Also, this is an industry where technology and knowledge are key to moving forward so we are offering valuable sessions on the latest cutting edge solutions, equipment and methods.”

She adds: “we are very proud of our list of experts who will share their experiences, best practice and address our audience on critical strategies for identifying and improving efficiency in mining operations. Improving productivity and reducing operational costs is another focus point.”

Workshop highlights at CBM-TEC include:
· Becoming a resilient organisation through enhancing the presence of safety through people
- Greg Heger, Executive Director SAACOSH, South Africa

· How to Set Up an Accident/Incident Board of Inquiry in the Mine Industry
Kennedy Musonda, Mabiza Resources Limited, Munali Nickel Mine, Zambia
Improved water management for mine dewatering
- Kym L Morton PhD, Director and Consulting Mining Hydrologist, KLM Consulting, South Africa

· Current operation and maintenance practices
- Rebecca Siwale, Project Manager – Operation & Maintenance, Mineral Processing Division, FLSmidth, USA

· The development of permanent cathodes
- Roy Morreira, CEO, Metquip Group, South Africa

· Avoiding bad decision making and reducing capital risks within mining companies
- Geoffrey Cowley, Chairman, The Energy and Mining Advisory Partnership, UK

More than 1500 visitors, 100 exhibitors and 200 conference delegates are expected to gather for Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo & Conference (CBM-TEC) this year at what is the largest industry gathering of its kind in the region.

Once again the event enjoys strong industry support and is endorsed by the Zambia Chamber of Mines and the Zambian Association of Manufacturers. The Association of Zambian Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC) and the Lusaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry are also supporters again.

Sandvik Mining is returning as platinum sponsor for the event while Barloworld Equipment has confirmed as gold sponsor. Other big names on the expo floor include: Murray & Roberts, Manitou Group, Atlas Copco and Tri- Pump Engineering Ltd.

In association with the Electra Mining Africa exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa, CBM-TEC is organised jointly by Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery and Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

CBM-TEC dates and location:
5-6 May: Conference and exhibition
Location: Mist Gardens, Kitwe, Zambia
Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo & Conference - CBM-TEC
Annemarie Roodbol
27 21 7003558