25 April 2019

Table of Contents for Event Focus- IMME 2018

Event Focus- IMME 2018

Mining Reunion


The Indian mining sector plays a pivotal role in the country's infrastructure and economy. Globally, India ranks 2nd in Chromite, 3rd in Coal & Lignite and Bauxite, 4th in Iron ore and 5th in Manganese. India was estimated to have spent $14 billion on coal imports last fiscal year and that figure is likely to rise to $25 billion by 2016-17. CII – India’s Premiere Industry Association is coming up with the 14th edition of IMME – the International Mining and Machinery Exhibition. The event will be held between 31st October - 3rd November 2018. ROHAN AMBIKE writes about the highlights of the upcoming edition of IMME.


The government’s focus on doubling metals and minerals’ production bodes well for India’s mining industry. But to meet its stated goal, Indian mines need mechanisation and automation to double its output.


Therefore it would do well to adopt the German strategic initiative Industrie 4.0, which is considered as the fourth industrial revolution involving cyber-physical systems, IoT, cloud computing, etc to leverage ‘Smart Mining’ systems.


Despite being endowed with rich natural resources India’s mining sector has failed to realise its full potential. While part of the reason is an absence of geophysical and geochemical data to facilitate exploration, the other major reason for underperformance of the sector is use of obsolete mining equipment and technology, a general lack of modernization in the Indian mining sector. While the organized sector – dominated mostly by state run PSUs and a few mining majors in the private sector – have adopted modernization, the small and medium sized mines which constitute the unorganized sector are far away from modernization.


Since its inception in 1984, IMME is growing steadily and has again proved to be The Largest Trade Fair dedicated to the Mining Fraternity in India. The response to the event was very encouraging despite the sector facing hurdles.


The 13th edition was a 4 day exhibition spread over an area of 60000 Sq mtrs taking place at a new location (Eco Park, Rajarhat) has proven to be one stop solution for the Mining Industry in India. IMME 2016 witnessed 292 Exhibitors including 88 exhibitors from overseas featuring 8 Country Pavilions and individual exhibitors from 14 Countries - Australia, Belarus, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. The event had a stupendous footfall of 4938 Business Visitors from India and Overseas.



Future of the mining industry in India


  • Despite the slowdown, India is still the second-fastest growing economy, after China.
  • Demand for minerals, as well as for mining services, is robust in the country.
  • Mining in India is becoming more structured, and companies have started outsourcing part of the project to mining service companies.
  • The largest mining company in India, i.e., Coal India Limited (CIL), plans to invest around Rs 254 billion during the Twelfth FYP (2012-17).
  • Contract mining could prove to be a solution to the on-going current coal deficit in country.
  • As the industry focuses on adapting international levels of technology, there exists untapped potential in the Indian mining equipment sector.




IMME 2018


IMME 2018 will be a 4 Day International Exhibition having over 400+ Exhibitors and 10000+ Business Visitors who will be visiting the expo, spanned over 80000 Sqm Exhibition Display Area.


This year, similar to the previous editions will have country Pavilions from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, UK and USA. Additionally, there will be B2B Networking forums for Exhibitors & Visitors. Participation from Major Indian & International Companies, Government, PSU's, Nodal Agencies, Media and others is also widely expected.






Global Mining Summit(GMS) is the signature initiative being organized concurrently with the International Mining Machinery Exhibition. Over the years this flagship event of the CII National Mining Committee has emerged as the forum to be for the mining leaders to congregate both internationally and from India.


It brings together the government policy makers, mining professionals, technology providers, financing institutions, academia, geologists, environmentalists and consultants to deliberate on the emerging issues and challenges being faced by the sector. This cross pollination of ideas leads to the evolution of a shared agenda that is pursued with the stakeholders by the committee.


Another key take away of GMS is a strong buyer-seller meet, where large mining companies share their procurement plans along with identifying the key technology and collaboration opportunities available with them in the next 2 -3 years time.






  • Equipment/Machinery Manufacturers / Suppliers
  • Importers & Exporters / Trading Companies
  • Mining Exploration / Smelting Companies
  • Mineral Processing
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Mining Consultant / Services
  • Software / Services (Along with Technology / Automation Companies)
  • Components & Spare Parts
  • Tyres & Wheels
  • Oil, Lubricant & Service
  • Safety Equipments
  • Technology / Automation Companies
  • Media / Publishers
  • Trade Commissions & Association / Ministries & Chambers of Commerce
  • Government / Non-Government Organization



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