The 9th International Conference on Mineral Processing, Procemin 2012, established its leadership in Latin America after gathering 400 participants in Santiago, whom for three days attended technical sessions with a high-level focus on new developments and practices in the area of mineral processing.
This was the first time Procemin had three days of parallel technical sessions due to the large number of papers received. Thirteen countries were represented among the more than 65 papers included in the technical program which included seven plenary sessions and two panel discussions on modelling in flotation and eco efficiency in comminution.
Procemin 2012 was chaired by Marcelo Bustos, Process Manager at Teck Chile and was organised by Gecamin and the Mining Engineering Department of the Universidad de Chile. Among the featured plenary speakers were Hugo Herrera from Teck Carmen de Andacollo, Chile; Carlos Lara from Servicios Industriales Peñoles; Gideon Chitombo from WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre, SMI, Australia; Fernando Parra from CAP Minería, Chile; Claudio García from Sierra Gorda SCM, Chile; Bob Drabik y Fernando Torres from Xstrata Copper, Chile; and Pablo Pastene from Fundación Chile.
One of the conference highlights was the announcement of the arrival of the XXVII International Mineral Processing Congress, IMPC 2014, the largest conference worldwide in the area of mineral processing that will be co-organised by the Universidad de Chile, the Universidad Federico Santa María, and Gecamin. The IMPC congress in 2014 hopes to gather more than a thousand people from all around the world and will replace Procemin 2014.