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Professionals exchanged experiences for managing mine equipment and plant maintenance at Maplemin 2016.


The third version of the seminar had over 200 attendees who participated in the 42 technical presentations by authors from Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United States and Colombia, in addition to five plenary sessions and a panel discussion.

The 3rd International Seminar on Mining Plant and Equipment Maintenance, Maplemin 2016, was held from July 17to 19 at the Swissôtel Hotel in Lima, Peru and brought together more than 200 attendees.

During three days distinguished mining professionals attended 42 technical presentations given by authors from Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Canada, Chile, United States and Colombia, as well as five plenary sessions and a panel discussion.

"All of the presentations contributed in making the seminar of good technical quality. However, I would like to highlight the plenary sessions and presentations that showed examples of application and/or case studies conducted by mining companies, which ultimately made up 45% of the program," stated Victor Babarovich, the technical coordinator of the event and independent consultant.

The professional also made mention of the panel discussion "Strategy optimization and asset management operations in business cycles” which he said boasted "distinguished and well-known professionals."

Among the participants were Igor Gonzales, Vice President of Buenaventura Mining Operations; Enrique Alania, Logistics Manager of Minera Antamina; Eduardo Ku, Maintenance Manager of Minera Chinalco; Alfredo Remy of PWC; and serving as moderator Edmundo Mares, General Manager of Andina Transmisora Company.

In addition, the president of Maplemin 2016 and maintenance manager at Minera Las Bambas, MMG, Peru, Manuel Valverde highlighted "the quality of presentations where we had the opportunity to see the best practices and the possibilities to reproduce them." He also stressed the opportunity that this type of event delivers for business-university relationships, which he considers “necessary for the development of our country."

Furthermore, the technical coordinator of Maplemin 2016 highlighted the instance of exchange of experiences between different actors offered by the seminar.

"Not only do professionals from mining companies who are directly involved in related activities develop their skills, all professionals, whether from academia or companies providing engineering and other related services, also benefit. The seminar provides an instance of exchange of experiences in which all parties win. In short, Maplemin benefits the country, particularly in difficult times where creativity should be facilitated and stimulated," said Babarovich.