Arminera 2023 celebrated its 25th anniversary at La Rural Trade Center. Organized by the Argentine Chamber of Mining Companies (CAEM) and Messe Frankfurt Argentina. It was attended by more than 12,000 visitors, with an area of 15,000 square meters, more than 280 exhibiting companies, 7 country delegations and the support of more than 40 sponsors.
Among the political references were the governor of Río Negro, Arabela Carreras; the governor of Santa Cruz, Alicia Kirchner; the governor of Catamarca, Raúl Jalil; the governor of Jujuy, Gerardo Morales; the governor of La Rioja, Ricardo Quintela and the governor of Salta, Gustavo Sáenz, among other leaders of these provinces. There was also a strong presence of authorities from the provinces of San Juan, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires.
As for countries, there were present: Germany, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland and Switzerland.
In this regard, the President of CAEM, Franco Mignacco, highlighted: “Following the moment of growth that the industry is experiencing, we have had a great Arminera, both in terms of the number of visitors and the quality of its offer. It really proved to be the key meeting point for the sector and it has been able to reflect the dynamism of Argentine mining in the level of its exhibitors and in its variety of talks and conferences. It also managed to capture the multiplicity of aspects of the industry (productive, economic, political, social, educational, sustainable, communicational, etc.) and have representation from all the players: mining companies, suppliers, unions, the national State, the provinces and official organizations, among the main ones. It has left us with a very positive balance and high expectations regarding joint work to continue consolidating the Argentine mining industry.
On his part, the President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt Argentina, Fernando Gorbarán, expressed: “For three days, the panorama of the local and international mining industry was experienced, which invites us to continue trusting on the growth and improvement of the sector. Our work plan that we began in 2017 to position the event nationally and internationally paid off. The idea was to build networks with companies and position the mining sector. To bring Arminera to the world and get the world to come to the show. Today this is a reality: the world is in Arminera”.
A schedule full of activities
In parallel to the exhibition, different activities were carried out where the latest developments with detailed and accurate information on the sector were announced, in addition to giving the possibility of training and networking.
The agenda of activities began on Monday morning with the Raw Materials Convention between the EU and LATAM "Promoting investments in sustainable value chains of raw materials between the European Union and Latin America." The event was funded by the European Union within the framework of its EU-Latin America Partnership on Raw Material project and aimed to promote and intensify cooperation between the European Union and seven Latin American partner countries along value chains of mineral-based industries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.
Meanwhile, CAEM and IDEA organized the meeting of CEOs "The opportunity and challenges of the mining industry in Argentina", where the first-hand view of the sector’s leaders was shared. In order to identify business opportunities for their companies, the opportunities and challenges of the mining industry and its value chain were addressed.
On its part, CADIM (Argentine College of Mining Engineers) organized the seminar "The Role of Mining Engineering in Argentine Mining Development", which sought to promote the efficiency of the industry, focusing on the role of engineering.
The Israel Conferences event was also held, where the state of the Israeli mining sector and its global vision were discussed. There, the diplomatic corps of Israel in the Argentine Republic gave a talk "Israel: 75 years of life, entrepreneurship and technological innovation", on the new technologies applicable in the world mining sector and their potential for mining projects in the Argentine Republic.
Australia was the guest country with 12 companies present in its pavilion and developed a Seminar where different conferences were offered that covered three main axes: mining projects in Argentina; Australian innovation applied to the mining sector; and sustainable mining and social license.
Meanwhile, the Secretariat of Mining carried out: "Mining in Argentina: a commitment to integral development", with the aim of promoting public-private investment in the mining industry.
With the focus on gender issues, different activities were carried out on the role of women in mining. Within this framework, ODS No. 5 of the 2023 agenda was addressed, which proposes achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.
The ICMA, the first Argentine Mining Cost Index, prepared by CAEM together with Abeceb, was also presented, a development that will allow us to know how the main costs (such as salaries, energy, fuel, logistics, etc.) measured in dollars evolve.
The matchmaking programs were protagonists
The 3rd Local Supplier Development Meeting had more than 1800 meetings. 100 buyers from the mining provinces of our country traveled from 39 deposits to meet with the exhibitors.
On its part, the International Matchmaking Program of the Mining Industry, organized by the Argentine Investment and International Trade Agency and Messe Frankfurt Argentina, had the participation of international buyers and 179 meetings were held with local companies.
The full schedule of activities was completed with the exhibition of products and services carried out by the exhibiting companies and the Machine Plaza, where large machinery was exhibited in an open-air space on a total area of 1,500 m2.
The next edition of Arminera already has a date: it will be held from May 20 to 22, 2025 at La Rural Trade Center.
The exhibition is only for businessmen and professionals of the sector. With an invitation: free of charge. People under 16 years will not be admitted, even if attending with an adult.
Further information: www.arminera.com.ar
Background information on Argentine Chamber of Mining Companies (CAEM)
The Argentine Chamber of Mining Companies (CAEM) was founded in 1991 as a result of the joint decision of the most important companies already present in the market, and with the purpose of strengthening and streamlining the potential of the mining industry. CAEM represents its members before the country’s authorities and abroad, as well as before individuals and private companies, promotes congresses, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, events and publications and encourages the exchange with public institutions and private organizations connected to mining activities, locally and abroad. The Argentine Chamber of Mining Companies (CAEM) gathers all of the mining activities. It represents - in every production stage – those companies dedicated to metalliferous and non-metalliferous mining and construction materials. It also gathers the Exploration Chambers, the provincial Chambers of the industry and suppliers: from machinery manufacturers to consumer goods and services companies, as well as technical, legal and financial advisors.
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With some 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of over €640 million. Thanks to its farreaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
Background information on Messe Frankfurt Argentina
Messe Frankfurt Argentina is the affiliate of the worldwide trade fair organization leader. The purpose of the fairs is to promote actual business meetings to boost activity in regional markets, in the domestic market and in turn prompt the development of the technological pole in each area. The current portfolio of shows of Messe Frankfurt Argentina includes the following exhibitions: Automechanika Buenos Aires, BIEL Light + Building, Confemaq, Emitex, ExpoCehap, ExpoFerretera, ExpoMant, Intersec Buenos Aires, Simatex, Tecno Fidta. In addition to numerous congresses and special events for third party, such as Argentina Oil & Gas Expo, Arminera and Feria COAS de las Naciones, among others. For more information, please visit our website at www.argentina.messefrankfurt.com