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2 E&MJ • APRIL 2019 FROM THE EDITOR The last month or so has been an incredibly busy period for E&MJ and the Mining Media International team. Coming off the heels of the annual PDAC event in Toronto, MMI host- ed its fi rst Haulage & Loading conference (H&L) in Tucson before heading off to the gigantic bauma equipment fair in Germany. During that period, MMI also published this edition of E&MJ along with the 2019 Best of Germany, a supplement it produces in cooperation with the Mining Divi- sion of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA Mining). Several noticeable transitions emerged along the way. H&L 2019 was a big success for the MMI team. Success in the conference business, much like any business, is best defi ned by customer satisfaction. Except for the day of the golf outing, the weather wasn't that great by Arizona standards, which worked in favor of the conference. The delegates found educational value in the presentations. The MMI team experimented with an app that created a fun interaction between the delegates and exhibitors and sponsors, which made them happy. In addition to better overall market conditions, one of the biggest differences be- tween this H&L and past conferences was that there was a larger presence of wom- en at all levels (executives, midlevel managers and engineers-in-training). Michelle Ash delivered a forward-thinking keynote. During an autonomous mining discussion, Anne Marie Toutant gave a vivid description of the pros and cons of managing an autonomous mining fl eet. And, a young lady from the Canadian oil sands outwitted some Arizona copper miners to win the Texas Hold 'em poker tournament. It's hard to describe bauma to someone who has never attended the event. It's a large equipment fair that takes place every three years in Munich and it's huge. Munich is a world-class city that can handle the infl ux of 600,000 people. One of the 18 halls, Hall C2, is dedicated to mining and then there is a massive outdoor exhibit. This time around, Hall C2 was bustling with activity. MMI was the only mining-related publisher with a stand in the Mining Hall. Carly Leonida joined the MMI editorial team during early April and she debuted as E&MJ's European editor (See People, p. 12). E&MJ readers will read her reporting soon. During bauma, the biggest emerging trend was a continued push toward elec- trifi cation for both underground and surface mining equipment. In the Mining Hall this year, there were at least fi ve utility-class electric vehicles, pickup trucks, Land Rovers, Jeeps, etc. Three years ago, there was one. Paus had its battery-powered MinCa on their stand. Normet debuted its new fully-electric, battery-operated shot- creting machine. Outside on the main fairgrounds, Liebherr had its 9200 E electric shovel on its massive display. And, everywhere you turned, you saw fully autono- mous, hybrid and battery-powered equipment. Most of it was smaller, construc- tion-related equipment, but the trend was ubiquitous. Finally, I would like to draw your attention to some of the emerging trends visi- ble in the pages of this month's E&MJ. We are seeing more mining projects being approved and moving forward. Two projects that E&MJ has been following for years, Polymet in Minnesota and Rosemont in Arizona (See U.S. & Canada, p. 10), are moving forward. The good news, however, is not limited to North America. This trend is emerging in almost every major mining district. Society is once again embracing the natural resources sector and that is a good sign. Enjoy this edition of E&MJ. Emerging Transitions Steve Fiscor Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Steve Fiscor, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief sfi scor@mining-media.com Mining Media International, Inc. 11655 Central Parkway, Suite 306; Jacksonville, Florida 32224 USA Phone: +1.904.721.2925 / Fax: +1.904.721.2930 Editorial Publisher & Editor-In-Chief—Steve Fiscor, sfi scor@mining-media.com Associate Editor—Jennifer Jensen, jjensen@mining-media.com Technical Writer—Jesse Morton, jmorton@mining-media.com Contributing Editor—Russ Carter, rcarter@mining-media.com European Editor— Carly Leondia, cleonida@mining-media.com Latin American Editor—Oscar Martinez, omartinez@mining-media.com South African Editor—Gavin du Venage, gavinduvenage@gmail.com Graphic Designer—Tad Seabrook, tseabrook@mining-media.com Sales Midwest/Eastern U.S. & Canada, Sales—Victor Matteucci, vmatteucci@mining-media.com Western U.S., Canada & Australia, Sales—Frank Strazzulla, fstrazzulla@mining-media.com Scandinavia, UK & European Sales—Colm Barry, colm.barry@telia.com Germany, Austria & Switzerland Sales—Gerd Strasmann, info@strasmann-media.de Japan Sales—Masao Ishiguro, ma.ishiguro@w9.dion.ne.jp Production Manager—Dan Fitts, dfi tts@mining-media.com Marketing Manager—Misty Valverde, mvalverde@mining-media.com www.e-mj.com Engineering & Mining Journal, Volume 220, Issue 4, (ISSN 0095-8948) is published monthly by Mining Media International, Inc., 11655 Central Parkway, Suite 306, Jacksonville, FL 32224 (mining-media.com). 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EXECUTIVE OFFICE: Mining Media International, Inc., 11655 Central Park- way, Suite 306, Jacksonville, FL 32224 USA phone: +1.904.721.2925, fax: +1.904.721.2930, www.mining-media.com. COPYRIGHT 2019: Engineering & Mining Journal, incorporating World Mining Equipment, World Min- ing and Mining Equipment International. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The last month or so has been an incredibly busy period for E&MJ the heels of the annual PDAC event in Toronto, MMI host- ed its fi rst Haulage & Loading conference (H&L) in Tucson before heading off to the gigantic bauma equipment fair in Germany. During that period, MMI also published this edition of supplement it produces in cooperation with the Mining Divi-

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