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Awards mirror industry’s innovation

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It is time for individuals and companies to start submitting entries for the second prestigious Australian Mining Prospect Awards for excellence and innovation in mining and minerals processing.

The award categories and sponsors are as follows:

Australian Mine of the Year

The premier award is sponsored by MMD Australia. Mark McVey says MMD Australia is a world leader in the supply of mineral sizers to the mining community and is responsible for a number of innovative mining solutions and sizer stations in operation around the world today.

“As a wholly-owned Australian company we are proud to support and be associated with world best practice in the Australian mining community,” McVey says.

“With support being a two-way street, we at MMD Australia considered the opportunity to sponsor the Mine of the Year Award as one way of supporting the industry that we all make a living from. We were also very keen to see that the mines in our region utilising world best practice be recognised at a national level.”

Mine Manager of the Year

This award is sponsored by Hella Australia’s mining division, which provides fixed and mobile mine lighting solutions. Company marketing services manager Tomas Plessinger says Hella Australia, the Hella Global Centre of Excellence for Mining, is proud to be associated with the Australian Mining Prospect Awards in 2005.

“We see our continued contribution to this program as a unique communication opportunity, enabling us to promote not only the Hella brand values, but also excellence and innovation throughout the Australian mining industry,” Plessinger says.

“The team at Hella Australia is honoured to be a part of the exclusive group of companies behind the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

“Sponsoring the Mine Manager of the Year category is one of the key activities for Hella Australia to support and promote the innovators and leaders who continue to make the Australian mining industry a global role model of responsible and efficient resource management.”

Contract Miner of the Year

Sponsored by drill rig, truck and other mining equipment supplier, Atlas Copco , the Contract Miner of the Year is designed to recognise the increasing professionalism of the contract mining industry.

Atlas Copco managing director Sergio Camozzi says in the last few years contract miners have moved to a higher level.

“From being a low cost alternative to owner mining they have moved to form partnership agreements with miners,” Camozzi says.

“At Atlas Copco we also strive to develop long term relationships with our customers and suppliers. Our sponsorship of this award recognises the importance of the contacting industry.”

Metalliferous Mine of the Year

Atlas Copco also sponsors this award. Sergio Camozzi says his company has a very close relationship with major parts of the metalliferous mining industry and supports initiatives such as the Australian Mining Prospect Awards that recognise excellence in this area.

“Australia is a world leader in terms of competence in hard rock mining and this award recognises advances and initiatives in not only low-cost mining, but also in areas like the environment and OH&S,” Camozzi says.

Minerals Processing Plant of the Year

ABB Australia sponsors this category. Company senior vice president Robert Zhu says ABB is proud to sponsor an award in an industry that plays such a crucial role in the economy and Australian society in general.

“ABB products, like its electronic motors, variable speed drives and switchgear, have enjoyed great support from the industry,” Zhu says.

“In turn, these products have helped make the Australian minerals processing industry more efficient and world class.

“Therefore, we are honoured to be involved in these awards that promote excellence and improved productivity.”

Excellence in Mine OH&S

Sandvik Mining and Construction Australia general manager sales and marketing Ewan Trott says the company is sponsoring the OH&S award for a very simple reason.

“Every person in the company from the country managing director and the senior management team through to our youngest apprentice and all contractors that work for us share the same belief that safety is critical to every employee at Sandvik Mining and Construction,” Trott says.

“To go home healthy and injury free each day must be everyone's aim. This needs to be become a reality.

“By sponsoring this category, in some small way we hope the awareness of safety will be reinforced and Sandvik Mining and Construction's aim may be adopted by others.”

Excellence in Environmental Management

Explosives supplier, Orica sponsors this category. Spokesperson Jackie Upton says Orica is proud to be a part of the Australian Mining Prospect Awards, with this particular sponsorship reflecting the company's great emphasis on safety and care for the environment.

“We are pleased to be associated with and to promote mining industry environmental achievements,” Upton says.

Innovative Mining Solutions

Sponsored by Degussa Construction Chemicals , which supplies products, equipment and services to the mining and tunnelling industries, this award is designed to encourage and support innovative mining solutions to assist the industry to maintain and grow its technology base.

Coal Mine of the Year

This is a new category in 2005 and is sponsored by Chubb Australia to recognise the best performance in the coal mining industry, either underground or open cut.

Neil Zaltsman of Chubb says the company’s sponsorship of the Coal Mine of the Year Award is to reward the mine that best demonstrates excellence in several principles shared by Chubb, such as lost time injuries reduction, procedural excellence, environmental excellence, process efficiencies and safety improvements.

“Chubb solutions play an important part in any effective security risk management program for mines, providing the technology needed to address major security and safety issues,” Zaltsman says.

“We want to be affiliated with other high achieving companies and felt it was important to recognise those mines which are the best in their field.”


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