Mining the future/Positive response to the 14th MiningForum in Berlin

Jens-Peter Lux welcomed the participants of the International MiningForum in Berlin.

More than 370 experts and decision makers met at this year’s MiningForum to learn about the latest trends in the raw materials industry, exchange views and expand their network for future cooperation. With stronger than ever international participation, the event welcomed visitors from 18 countries, including Canada, Chile, Finland, Australia and Mongolia.

The forum, which is held biennially, has been running for 26 years. Since it began in 1991, the organisers of the event, DMT, have aimed to provide an informative programme with a strong thematic focus. In their subject matter, the presentations now cover the entire value chain in the mining industry, from resource exploration to extraction and beyond, to mine closure and the management of post-mining issues. The accompanying trade exhibition offered companies a platform on which to present their products and services in a premium environment.

A big audience attended the MiningForum.

This year’s presentation sessions were on the following themes:

  • Exploration & Developing Deposits
  • Extraction & Transport
  • International Mining Projects
  • Post-Mining Management & Use
  • Research & Development, and
  • Future-oriented Industry 4.0 in the mining sector.

“We see the MiningForum in Germany as the central hub for exchanging information and networking in our industry,” says Lea Heidemann, Project Manager at the Competence Centre for Mining & Mineral Resources of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Estrel Hotel of Berlin in which the MiningForum was held.

“The highlights this year were the presentation sessions on research & development,” explains DMT CEO Prof. Eiko Räkers, “and above all, those addressing Mining 4.0, which illustrated the options for the application of intelligent, digitally-networked systems within the mining industry.” Also highly praised were the diversity of the programme and the ideal setting for open discussion.

Some participants came in their traditional mining uniform.

Prof. Günther Apel honoured for his services

At the traditional miners’ social evening, Prof. Günther Apel was honoured with the first ever personalised “MiningForum Award” for his many years of commitment to the event. Through his remarkable efforts in recent years, Prof. Apel has made a valuable contribution to the forum and its reputation in the mining market. This accolade also earned him honorary life membership of the MiningForum.




Pictures from the MiningForum.