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International Mineral Processing Expo 2012 (IMPE 2012)- Booth 2103
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Sep 2012

INTERNATIONAL MINERAL PROCESSING EXPO 2012 (IMPE 2012)- Booth 2103

Sixty Glorious Years of International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) to be celebrated in New Delhi – IMPC 2012, September 24-28, 2012

IMPC, the International Mineral Processing Congress has been in existence now for more than 58 years. The very first congress was held in September 1952 as a symposium on Mineral Dressing in London, organized by the then Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM), which coincided with its 60th years’ celebrations. The symposium was held in the Imperial School of Science and Technology, London. With 39 technical papers and 332 delegates, it was indeed an impressive beginning to what is known today as IMPC. IMPC has been a major driving force for the promotion of scientific and technical knowledge in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy worldwide. It is the most prestigious event in the field of mineral processing in the world today. The congress has been truly international with delegates from all parts of the world deliberating on issues facing the industry over a period of five days. A brief summary of all the international congresses held till now are listed in Table 1. For more details the readers are referred to the excellent review of IMPC by Professor Fathi Habashi*.

The latest IMPC, that is, XXV IMPC was held in Brisbane, Australia, organized under the leadership of Dr. Robin Batterham, President, IMPC 2010 and currently the President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Dr. Ralph Holmes, Chairman, Organizing Committee, IMPC 2010 and currently the Theme Leader, CSIRO, Australia. It attracted more than 1100 delegates from 40 countries around the world. Close to 500 technical papers including 9 plenary lectures and 18 keynote lectures were presented over five days from September 6 -10, 2010 in Brisbane Convention Centre. A technical exhibition consisting of 60 exhibitors was also organized on this occasion.

Prof. Forssberg very ably steered the IMPC council for twenty one years before passing on the baton to Prof. O’Connor in Istanbul in 2006.

Since the year 1995, IMPC has started honoring an eminent personality with a Lifetime Achievement Award during each Congress. The proud winners of the IMPC Lifetime Achievement Award include Prof. Douglas Fuerstenau (1995), Prof K. Schonert (1997), Prof Jean Cases (2000), Prof. Peter King (2003) and Prof. H Schubert (2006) Professor Jan Laskowski (2008), Professor Alban Lynch (2010) and Professor Wang Dianzuo (2010). In addition Professor Nat Arbiter (2008) and Professor Jacques Astier (2010) are the proud recipients of the IMPC Distinguished Service Award.

It is indeed a matter of pride for us working in this field in India that the venue of XXVI IMPC will be New Delhi, India when IMPC will be celebrating its sixtieth birthday. We will be hosting this event in India for the very first time. Please visit our website www.impc2012.org for more details about this mega-event. All of you are very cordially invited to New Delhi for IMPC 2012.

The venues of the next two IMPC’s have also been announced. IMPC 2014 and IMPC 2016 will be held in Santiago, Chile and Quebec City, Canada respectively.

Table 1: Sixty years of The International Mineral Processing Congresses (1952-2012)

IMPC

Year

Location

Number of

Congress Chairman

IMPC President

Papers

Delegates

I

1952

London, England

39

332

CW Dannat

II

1953

Paris, France

28

302

P Seyer

III

1955

Goslar, FR Germany

30

490

HJ Salau

IV

1957

Stockholm, Sweden

34

523

PG Hihlstedt

V

1960

London, England

52

714

JE Denyer

VI

1963

Cannes, France

50

750

NA

VII

1964

New York, USA

55

1200

HR Spedden

VIII

1968

Leningrad, USSR

69

900

IA Strigin

JE Astier

IX

1970

Prague, Czechoslavakia

55

700

M. Dolezil

JE Astier

X

1973

London, England

48

700

MG Fleming

JE Astier

XI

1975

Cagliari, Italy

77

787

M Carta

JE Astier

XII

1977

Sao Paulo, Brazil

128

562

J Maia

JE Astier

XIII

1979

Warsaw, Poland

98

717

J Laskowski

JE Astier

XIV

1982

Toronto, Canada

110

600

PDR Maltby

JE Astier

XV

1985

Cannes, France

150

750

P Blazy

JE Astier

XVI

1988

Stockholm, Sweden

177

550

E Forssberg

E Forssberg

XVII

1991

Dresden, Germany

141

715

H. Schubert

E Forssberg

XVIII

1993

Sydney, Australia

220

642

RG Batterham

E Forssberg

XIX

1995

San Francisco, USA

186

585

JA Herbst

E Forssberg

XX

1997

Aachen, Germany

0

0

H. Hoberg

E Forssberg

XXI

2000

Rome, Italy

275

434

P Massacci

E Forssberg

XXII

2003

CapeTown, S Africa

209

600

C O’Connor

E Forssberg

XXIII

2006

Istanbul, Turkey

383

967

G Onal

E Forssberg

XXIV

2008

Beijing, China

591

851

Wang Dianzuo

C O’Connor

XXV

2010

Brisbane, Australia

500

1100

RG Batterham

C O’Connor

XXVI

2012

New Delhi, India

Pradip

C O’Connor

XXVII

2014

Santiago, Chile

J. Yianatos

C O’Connor

XXVIII

2016

Quebec city, Canada

Jim Finch

With new challenges facing the mining and mineral processing industry today, the importance of IMPC as an international forum where the latest advances in the field are shared amongst the participants both formally and informally is going to increase in the coming decades. The technical exhibition organized as a part of IMPC showcases the new process technologies, instruments and equipments and provides an occasion to make and/or renew professional contacts and build business relationships. IMPC has become an international event where the technical and business experts present their views on the challenges facing the industry and the new directions which need to be taken to face them. It is indeed a professionally rewarding experience to participate in IMPC for all the delegates.

Mining, mineral and metal industries worldwide, in particular in China and India are witnessing unprecedented growth rates. The challenges facing the industry are also different from those in the past. Land and water scarcity are likely to be technological drivers in the near future. Environment compliance will be dictating the choice of technology options in the project under development. Exciting times are on the horizon for those who dare to dream and innovate. All this excitement and coming up with innovative solutions will be shared by the professional leaders with the delegates during the forthcoming mineral processing congresses.

The theme of IMPC 2012 to be held in New Delhi in September 2012 is appropriately chosen to be “Innovative Processing for Sustainable Growth”. Please visit our website www.impc2012.org for more details about this mega-event. All interested to present their work are requested to submit their abstracts by July 15, 2011.