2nd International High Performance Mining Conference

Inspiring Change in the Mining Industry

The 2nd High-Performance Mining Conference brings together international mine operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), mining equipment and technology services (METS) and experts from industry and research to inspire change in the international mining industry.

The imperative to change, and to change quickly, is stronger than it has ever been for the global mining industry as the pace of change continues to accelerate. However, to reap the benefits of technological and organizational transformation for the long term, where should the mining industry set its focus?

On the one hand, as societal expectations continue to demand more from public companies than just profits, the paradigm for value creation is shifting and challenging mining companies to redefine their role and position within society. It is no coincidence that the social license to operate is considered the top business risk in EY’s most recent industry outlook.

On the other hand, many companies are struggling to embrace tech-enabled transformation. Digital technologies, sensor-based advanced analytics and machine learning systems, automation and the application of battery-electric equipment have the potential to help solving some of the key challenges the industry is facing. However, in order to successfully harness the potential of those technologies, they need to be part of a larger transformation process where management systems and company cultures are reconfigured as well.

By presenting good practices and successful implementations of transformative processes and technologies to improve overall operating performance, this conference aims to inspire mine operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and mining equipment and technology services (METS) that the journey is worth traveling.

By showcasing practical examples of what has been done and by also discussing why it was successful and how challenges have been overcome, some widely discussed issues become tangible and can be discussed in a real and hands-on fashion. Over the course of two days, the different dimensions of change and transformation are addressed in key technological areas while overarching issues such as the need for collaboration, the human factor, and environmental issues will also be addressed.

Why should you attend?

The High-Performance Mining Conference provides a platform for facilitating in-depth discussions on current challenges the industry is facing and how to successfully harness technology, people and culture in different key areas to improve the bottom line in mine operations.

We want to show, through hands-on international case studies, jointly presented by mine operators and technology providers, how technology enabled change from digital and automation to battery-electric can be harnessed successfully. Furthermore, while technology is key, we aim to address the different dimensions of change – the people, the culture, the management system, the process, the obstacles and success factors and thus offer the opportunity for intimate insights into successful projects and the challenges they faced.

Therefore, the conference provides a unique forum to meet and network with international, national and regional industry leaders, research institutions and innovators that gather to inspire future change, innovation and collaboration.

The complimentary South America forum, co-organized by the Chilean- and Peruvian German Chambers of Industry and Commerce and VDMA Mining, provides a unique pre-conference event and the opportunity to get insights into projects and developments as well as meet companies and industry experts from Chile and Peru.

Who will attend?

We expect 150 – 200 national and international representatives consisting of mining technology, service and equipment providers, mining companies, leading international consultancies, and industry experts from the private and public sectors.


Keynotes from leading national and international industry experts will set the stage and provide exciting insights from a global perspective. More details soon to follow.

South-America Forum

This year, the High-Performance Mining Conference will feature a pre-conference program in the morning of November 17 from 9-12, with a range of presentations by South American companies and industry experts.

The South America Forum is organized in collaboration with the Chilean- and Peruvian German Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the VDMA Mining.

Access to the forum is complimentary with a delegate pass for the High-Performance Mining Conference.

A detailed program will follow soon.

Annual AMT Conferences

The biennial Smart Mining Conference (SMC) focuses on the digitization of mining. It offers national and international technology providers the opportunity to present the latest developments in the field of Mining 4.0 and to discuss them with a specialist audience. Since its introduction in 2015, SMC has developed into an important planform for an exchange among research and industry. More information on the conference homepage: smartmining.academy-rwth.de

The alternating biennial High Performance Mining Conference (HPM) addresses a deliberately international audience of experts to discuss conditions and opportunities for increasing productivity in modern high-performance mining and to present best practice examples of high performance mining. More information on the conference homepage: high-performance-mining.com

Smart Mining Conference (SMC)

Forum Mining 4.0 becomes the Smart Mining Conference (SMC)

The Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies of the RWTH Aachen, together with DMT GmbH und Co KG and VDMA Mining present the new edition of the "Forum Bergbau 4.0" with the "Smart Mining Conference". The conference will take place on 19 and 20 November 2019 in Aachen's Tivoli.

The aim of the conference is to bring together international mining companies, suppliers and experts from research and industry to discuss the current challenges and best practices in the automation and digitization of mining processes and machinery.

In the five lecture sessions of the conference, the speakers will present practice-oriented individual examples and communicate the implementation possibilities of industry 4.0 in the mining sector..:

  • Session I: Autonomous Mining
  • Session II: Digital transformation of mining processes.
  • Session III: Tech start-ups present their innovations.
  • Session IV: Machine to machine communication
  • Session V: Data Analysis and Big Data.

A trade fair will accompany the event. The program will be rounded off by an evening event on 19 November for mutual exchange, a guided tour of the Aachen Tivoli stadium and an excursion to a local mine operator.

Key questions of the conference are among others:

  • What does industry 4.0 mean for the mining industry?
  • What are current research activities and topics in this area?
  • What new business models are developing as a result of the current transformation?
  • What are the risks and requirements for the mining industry?
  • What strategies are technology, service and machine manufacturers using to counter change?

The conference will be held in German and English. Simultaneous translation will be available in both languages.

Further information at smartmining.academy-rwth.de

High Performance Mining (HPM)

First International Conference on High Performance Mining: Success Factors and Good Practice in International Mining

From 4th to 5th December 2018 175 experts including 21 speakers and 16 exhibitors from 22 countries met in Aachen SuperC on the premises of the RWTH Aachen University for the first event on the subject of International High Performance Mining in Aachen. The conference was opened by the AMT and the VDMA as well as by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

The participants from industry, science, politics and associations came together to discuss success factors for high-performance mining. The focus was on the exchange between the supply industry and international mining companies as well as between research and practice. Especially mining companies appreciated the non-commercial intention of the conference to promote an objective exchange. The conference was organized by the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) of RWTH Aachen University and supported by VDMA Mining as co-organizer.

The total of 15 lectures highlighted different aspects of modern high-performance mining along two dimensions: The human factor and the use of technology. In her opening speech, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elisabeth Clausen emphasized the importance of these two dimensions while at the same time taking environmental aspects into account.  

It was the intention of the organizers to comprehensively examine the topic of productivity in mining.

  • How is it possible to establish the most productive nickel mine in northern Scandinavia, and where the nickel content is among the lowest in the world?
  • How is it possible to quadruple production in a mine without putting a machine into operation?
  • How can a running mine be converted to a new, continuous system?
  • Why do managers with a higher proportion of women have such a positive effect on the productivity and balance sheets of companies?

These and many other questions were discussed and answered by the international speakers.

The future goal in mining is clear: to improve productivity and, at the same time, to change mining as a whole in order to make it more efficient and environmentally friendly, to increase social acceptance and, at the same time, to make it a more attractive employer that also appeals to women or Generation Y. The aim is to improve the quality of life in the mining industry and to make it more environmentally friendly. Not only do digitalized workspaces play a role, where mining machines are controlled by control centers, some of which are far away, but also how mining companies deal with the issue of sustainability, how they promote young talent and how they deal with the issue of diversity and inclusion.

The next High Performance Mining Conference will take place on 17/18 November 2020 in the SuperC of the RWTH.

More information coming up soon: high-performance-mining.com