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RIU Explorers Conference already setting records two weeks out

The 18th version of the annual event will be on February 19, 20 and 21 at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges.

Social function at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle
The RIU Explorers Conference focuses on the junior resources sector

RIU Explorers Conference is enhancing its reputation as an important forum for the junior resources sector with this month’s event attracting record presenters, exhibitors and early registrations.

The 2019 conference and exhibition will be held at Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges on February 19, 20 and 21 with a theme of Making Mines - Making Money.

Expanded to third day

Last year the event, which is organised by Vertical Events, was expanded to three days and the 18th version in 2019 is again attracting a strong response from the junior and mid-cap resources industry.

Vertical Events managing director Stewart McDonald said: “When myself and Simon Hadfield were creating our inaugural RIU Explorers Conference it was mid-2001, the average price for gold that year was $250 an ounce.

“We held the first RIU Explorers Conference at the Esplanade Hotel in February 2002.

“Leading up to the conference the resources market was very soft but thankfully the event coincided with the outstanding discovery by Minotaur at Prominent Hill.

“This created a lot of excitement at conference and history will show that this was the beginning of what would be one of Australia’s biggest mining booms.”

Arrived at right time

McDonald said that RIU Explorers arrived at the right time.

“Newly-listed exploration companies such as Independence Group, FMG, Western Areas, Mincor, Jubilee, Sally Malay, Northern Star and Sandfire all initially used the conference to promote their exploration activities. 

“We have been extremely fortunate that many of these companies went on to make major successful discoveries and the conference has enjoyed terrific support from these companies as producers.”

62 mining companies to present

There is a full program starting after lunch on Tuesday, February 19, and continuing for two full days on Wednesday and Thursday, February 20 and 21.

As well as presentations from 62 mining companies, there will be addresses from various industry experts outlining trends and factors influencing the mining sector.

“Friendly nature”

McDonald said a key attribute of the event had always been the friendly nature and the 2019 event was certain to be no exception.

“It has always been held in a relaxed atmosphere in Fremantle and importantly in February, right as many of our exploration and producing companies are starting their new year field activities.

“For many years the two-day RIU Explorers Conference program had roughly 30 presenting companies and near-on 400 delegates.

“Leading into our 2019 RIU Explorers Conference, the event now goes into a third day and we have over 60 presenting companies and well over 1,000 delegates.”

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