There are two weeks left to the start of Astana Mining&Metallurgy (AMM) Congress.  Pretty soon the capital of Kazakhstan will become a business center for the leading specialists of the mining and processing industries in Central Asia.  The 10th Anniversary AMM 2019 Congress will take place on June 12-13, in Hilton Astana.  It is expected that 500 delegates from 12 world countries, 58 top speakers, and 24 companies - leaders in the mining and metallurgical industries will take part in the Congress.

The comprehensive attention to the metallurgy and related industries can be explained by the fact, that AMM Congress allows establishing not only new business contacts and sharing experience, but also discussion acute issues on industry development, and sharing prospective innovation ideas.  The forum target audience is managers and specialists of domestic and international businesses, interested in the procurement of high-quality metal products, modern equipment, technologies innovative solutions.

During two days, participants will enjoy an intense business program.  AMM 2019 will open many platforms for dialogues and will include B2B and G2B meetings with major companies and representatives of the state agencies of Kazakhstan, as well as networking, haсkathon and the Golden Hephaestus industrial competition.

Taking into account a modern trend - digitalization of the metallurgical industry, the organizers of the AMM Congress offers new approaches in handling the event.

For the first time, there will be the Mining Challenge 2019 hackathon, within the frame of AMM 2019 Congress, where start-up entrepreneurs, programmers, and startuppers, during 24 hours, will find solutions, under a challenge, and create prototypes for mining and metallurgical companies using different tools and information technologies.  Such solutions will allow companies to optimize the management of production processes, industrial safety, human resources, and financial flows.

The organizers of the AMM 2019 Congress together with the Congress Innovation Partner - Tech Garden - set as the primary goal of Hackathon - the involvement of corporations into practical digitalization using point IT-solutions and expansion of competence of Kazakhstani IT-services suppliers.

The winners will get money prize and the opportunity to participate in a program of acceleration of their projects in the workplace or at the enterprise.

Within the vibrant AMM 2019 Congress Business Program, there will be over 20 sessions, including panel discussions, seminars, forums, round tables, master-classes in all MMC segments.  The main feature of the AMM Congress is a Digitalization and investment horizons.

The Business program will be opened with a plenary meeting on Strategies of Global Mining Industry Development will start its work. During this meeting, world and Kazakhstan MMC leaders will tell about development strategies in their companies in terms of industry digitalization.  A moderator will be Richard Roberts, editor of Mining Journal (London). Speakers are Zhenis Kassymbek, Deputy Prime Minister of RK, Alexander Mashkevich, Chairman of the Board of Director of ERG, Carlo Cristofari, Managing Director of Hatch Digital Solutions, Mikael Lindholm, Vice-President of FLSMIDTH and top-managers of FreeportMcMoRan companies (America), KAZ Minerals Management LLP, Kazakhmys Corporation LLP.

AMM 2019 Congress Program includes:

  • Panel discussion on MMC digitalization. Global leaders experience.
  • Forum of the Gold Industry Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan.  
  • Coal Industry Forum
  • Round table “Digital Modernization of MMC based on Kazakhstan Innovations”
  • Round table “Industry 4.0. Digital technologies”
  • Round table “Modernization and ecology”
  • Round table on rare metals
  • Technical seminars by Schneider Electric, SAP, Hatch, Dundee Sustainable Technologies Micromine, Outotec, KPMG
  • Training course “Education in the era of Mining 4.0” together with Nazarbayev University
  • Investment session “Fighting for investments - which is to win?”
  • Presentation of investment projects  
  • Presentation of mining companies - ERG and Kazzinc LLP - “Participation in procurements: how to become a supplier?” 
  • Master-class for GR specialists.

Also, during the AMM 2019 Congress, there will be an award ceremony of the Golden Hephaestus competition - the most prestigious award of the Republican significance for MMC specialists. The first Golden Hephaestus statuette was presented to Nursultan Nazarbayev, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, whereby setting a high level of professional and innovative requirements for the projects of the future competition participants. The Golden Hephaestus competition is actively supported by the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.  The General Partner of the competition is the Eurasian Group (ERG).

182 applications were submitted for participation in the Golden Hephaestus Competition, including 77 applications in nominations Geologist of the Year, Miner of the Year, and  Scientist-Teacher of the Year; 22 applications from 16 companies in nominations Project of the Year, Leader in Kazakhstan content, Innovative leader of the Year, The best digital solution in MMC, and The best foreign partner.  Besides, 74 printed materials in printed and online media, videos were considered.  Nine students will compete in nomination Diploma work of the Year. 

Announcement of the Golden Hephaestus Competition results and awarding ceremony will take place on June 12th, within the frame of AMM Congress, in The Ritz-Carlton Astana hotel.  The winners will get money prizes, and students will have a chance to pass an internship in large companies, works of journalists will be published in international publications.

Organizers of AMM 2019 Congress:  Iteca Kazakhstan Exhibition company and its international partner ITE Group of companies.

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