This year's edition of IMME
Mining and Machinery
Exhibition—will be organised
between November 10 and 13,
2010, at Salt Lake Stadium
Grounds, Salt Lake in Kolkata, West Bengal.
The show is being organised by the Confederation of
Indian Industry (CII) in association with the
Ministry of Mines, the Ministry of Coal, and Coal
India Ltd. Today, 25 years since it inception, the
show continues to work towards realising its original
objectives: to find ways and means to reduce wastage
through better and more efficient methods of mining
with advanced technology and equipment. Exhibits
on display cover the latest technologies in mining -
open cast and underground - ancillaries and tools:
from slurry and chemflo pumps to compressors,
drills and rigs; from excavators and dump trucks to
thyristor converters and computer systems.
Concurrent to the IMME show, the second Global
Mining Summit 2010, will also be held in Kolkata.
The summit will focus mainly on investments in
exploration, policy frameworks, best practices for
achieving high growth in mining, R&R, the role of
financial institutions for developing the mining
sector, and environmental and safety issues, to
name a few. The scope of the event covers Metals,
Minerals & Mining, Machinery Manufacturers and
Earthmoving and Construction Equipment.
MEETING INDIA’S ENERGY NEEDS
India, one of the fastest growing economies in the
world, has also emerged as one of the most energyhungry
countries and a much sought-after
investment destination. Recognising the pivotal role
of the mining sector in supporting the accelerated
economic growth, the rapid development of this
sector has come into sharp focus in recent years.
Globally, India is a leading mineral producer
endowed with a rich resource base of several major
minerals like coal, iron ore and bauxite, offering
immense opportunities to both domestic and
To support and sustain the high economic growth,
the country will need investments to the tune of
$11.5 billion in the mining sector. Against this
massive investment requirement, Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) of $1.4 billion has already been
approved till 2007. As India gets ready to ramp up
investments in the mining sector, the world mineral
scenario is also witnessing significant changes.
PARTNER COUNTRY - AUSTRALIA
From being the Focus Country in 2008, Australia has
graduated to being the Partner Country this year,
and as such, is expected to bring in the largest
overseas participation. Australia's mining sector is
one of the most successful export industries. The
fact that it is the world's largest producer of bauxite,
alumina, lead and mineral sands justifies its
position as Partner Country. It employs over 7,000
people directly and more than 250,000 indirectly. It
accounts for 40 per cent of the country's total
exports, and boasts of the third largest mineral
industry in the world.
FOCUS COUNTRY - GERMANY
Germany leads the world in engineering
technology, especially in mining equipment.
Many German companies have close ties with
the Indian mining industry. Some German firms
also have local production in India, which has
become an important export market for German
German exports to India had grown from 1.3 Mio.
Euro (2003) to 60.3 Mio. Euro in 2009. Until July
2010, German mining equipment manufacturers
exported machinery worth 34 Mio. Euro to India.
The Mining Equipment Association is part of
German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and has
about 115 member companies.