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Over 400 experts from the mining maintenance field gathered for an international meeting


Mining and plant equipment maintenance specialists came together to attend more than 60 technical presentations from 16 countries aimed at sharing new research and developments in these sectors.

The three days of the 9th International Mining Plant Maintenance Meeting, Mapla 2012, and the 7th International Mine Equipment Maintenance Meeting, Mantemin 2012, held in Santiago, Chile were marked by the massive presence of more than 400 maintenance experts and professionals.

The 60 presentations and 6 plenary sessions presented by authors from 16 countries highlighted the experiences of major mining companies. During these technical sessions, professionals were able to discuss and analyse the advances, trends and challenges that currently exist within the areas of mining maintenance.

One of the most significant ground-breaking presentations was the inaugural address entitled “Recruitment, training and skill development for aeronautical maintenance” by Carlos Sotomayor, CEO of Lufthansa LAN Technical Training. In his presentation, Sotomayor was able to provide the audience valuable experiences from the aerospace sector which plays a critical role in the area of maintenance.

The technical content of each meeting was defined by a committee with Juan López, Mine-Plant Maintenance Manager of Minera Spence, serving as Co-Chair of Mapla and Javier Escuti, Mine Manager of Compañía Minera Teck Carmen de Andacollo, presiding as Co-Chair of Mantemin.

Mapla and Mantemin were organised by the Chilean company Gecamin in conjunction with The University of Queensland, Australia and the Centre of Maintenance Optimisation and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE) of the University of Toronto, Canada.