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What you missed at MINExpo® 2021

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MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® returned to Las Vegas in September and showcased the mining industry’s best. Mining professionals around the world had the opportunity to get up close to cutting edge equipment, technologies and global solutions, and to talk to industry experts about today’s top products.

The dominant theme of the show was a celebration of the technologies on display at MINExpo®. Paul Lang, President and CEO, Arch Resources, Inc., commented on the huge advances in innovations and safety during the last several years.

“The ability now to put somebody in a remote station and operate three, four, or five tractors just as efficiently or more efficiently than they used to operate one is an amazing change for all of us,” said Lang. “We can also take a person from a place of high risk and eliminate that completely with remote technology.”

Watch the opening session

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak, the show’s Opening Session powerfully covered a range of topics, including thoughts on post-pandemic lessons learned, challenges associated with recruiting talent for the future, diversity and inclusion, and technology breakthroughs that promote safety. Moderated by journalist A.B. Stoddard, the Opening Session panellists featured: Mark Bristow, President and CEO, Barrick Gold Corporation; Jimmy A. Brock, President and CEO, CONSOL Energy; Jeffrey Dawes, President and CEO, Komatsu Mining Corp.; Denise C. Johnson, Group President for Resource Industries, Caterpillar Inc.; and Paul A. Lang, President and CEO, Arch Resources, Inc.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) was a major topic. Jeff Dawes, President and CEO, Komatsu Mining Corporation, discussed the new, collaborative relationship that now exists between equipment manufacturers and producers, partly as a result of ESG.

“We’re going away from the transactional relationship that existed 10, 15, or 20 years ago when we just sold them machines and parts,” he said. “Now we’re collaborating together to solve problems of the future.”

The panel ended with an in-depth discussion of talent and how the industry can harness the challenge and excitement of a mining career to build the next generation of leaders.

Watch the Opening Session on Facebook.

Access education sessions

Just like the Opening Session, the education at MINExpo delivered in-depth analysis on topics from safety and environmental concerns, to the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and safety best practices. A session on technological advances – many of which were on display on the show floor – provided an interesting view of how today’s innovations help companies accomplish more in terms of safety, environmental responsibility, and productivity.

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Read about the sentinels of safety

Continuing the trend of awarding safety and encouraging progress, the National Mining Association presented its Sentinels of Safety Awards and the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovation Awards. Honouring outstanding achievements in mine safety and technology, awards were bestowed on 40 mining operations.

View all the awardees on the NMA website.

Use the free online directory

Stay in touch with the industry’s leading brands with the MINExpo Online Exhibitor Directory. You will have 12-months to access top suppliers of auxiliary components and replacement parts, consulting services, electrical products, and earth-moving equipment that will take your operation to the next level.

Find mining solutions at

Year-round support and advocacy

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL is sponsored by the National Mining Association (NMA). The NMA is the only national trade association that represents the interests of mining before Congress, the administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media, and provides a clear voice for US mining. The NMA is also your source for the latest news and events; updates from Capitol Hill; facts, statistics, and insight you need to advance your career. When you join the NMA, you will not just be looking out for your career — you will be contributing to the industry and ensuring that all aspects of mining are thriving.

Join NMA today!

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