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-The mining exhibition is the largest in Latin America and was held in Chile between April 24 and 27. -The Fair was inaugurated by the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric. For four days, the center of world mining met at Expomin 2023. The exhibition was inaugurated by the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric and was attended by the Ministers of Mining, Marcela Hernando and Economy, Nicolás Grau, among other authorities of Chile, senior executives of mining companies, 1,270 exhibitors, and put in the debate the challenges of mining in the country and the world. Given this, the organization of the exhibition and international congress made a positive balance in the culmination of its XVII version and highlighted the deployment in Parque Fisa that had 250,000 m2, the second largest surface in the history of the exhibition after 2014. On the balance, the executive director of GL events Chile, Francisco Sotomayor, stressed that “there was a very great expectation around the exhibition, especially because of the news that the sector is currently, product of the public discussion that exists around royalty and lithium. For this reason there was a wide call, reaching 58,052 thousand visits during the four days, managing to contribute both exhibitors and visitors to the development of the industry, which is essential to boost the Chilean economy and promote the generation of new jobs. This version is undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time, surpassing the figure of the 2018 and 2021 versions.” It should be noted that 8,180 foreign delegates attended the meeting. Considering that the hotel capacity of Santiago has 15,550 hotel beds, which would mean that Expomin was able to complete 52.6% of the city’s hotel capacity, contributing to the national tourism industry. Congress The International Congress had a high attendance of 3,581 participants and included 14 seminars and more than 100 speakers, including the important participation of the Minister of Mining, Marcela Hernando, senior executives of mining companies, representatives of mining associations and public and private actors, as well as a 40% participation of women. News The exhibition featured cutting-edge technology in machinery, highlighting vehicles driven by electromobility, providing savings and optimization in mining transportation. Among other novelties, the metaverse gave visitors the possibility of being immersed in real mining spaces and touring the fair through virtual reality glasses, breaking geographical barriers. With the presentation of robotics, vehicles, equipment, cybersecurity and industrial promotion, the exhibition highlighted opportunities for innovation and development, and the presence of companies related to energy transition, environmental care, mining safety and community engagement. Also, for the first time, the organization held the Mining Night as part of Expomin, as an important networking space in which 374 senior executives from the sector participated. Startups In its role of Corporate Social Responsibility, this year Fisa, the organizer of Expomin, together with the Ministry of Mining, ProChile, Alta Ley and Sonami, granted a free space in the Mining Pavilion to 40 national startups related to the industry, who were able to interact with the industry and see business possibilities and thus contribute to its growth and development. The selected supplier companies represented technology-based suppliers that are intensive in the use of information for the optimization of mining processes, applying software for data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented reality and virtual reality as effective mechanisms for knowledge-based decision making. In addition, this year Fisa, in order to contribute to the environment, deployed at Expomin 16 thousand square meters of DEX flooring, an ultra-resistant plastic slab for industrial use, manufactured in Chile, which is made 100% with recycled plastics from Patagonia. The manufacture of this floor used in Expomin allowed the recycling of 270 tons of plastic. In addition, a large part of the post-fair waste, such as carpet, plastics, among others, was recycled.
Entertainment and citizen reunion marked the five days of the fair, where thousands of attendees enjoyed the multi-sector event that returned after 24 years.
In this way, the trade fair center is recognized for its facilities and for the management it carries out to execute events.
On Thursday, October 6, the Sustainability Day was held at Edifica, highlighting the sector’s practices aimed at circular economy.