Brief Conference Profile

Studio 44, Rennweg 44, 1038 Vienna, Austria
26. – 28. September 2018


Building a New World. Made in Europe.
International Conference • 26. – 28. September 2018 • Vienna

Automated cars, SMART technology, Internet of Things – the technological revolution will bring about a whole new range of products and innovative services in the coming decades. These developments will also have a significant impact on the added value of the extractive industry and its downstream branches. That is why the European raw materials initiative, EUMICON, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism of the Republic of Austria, is organizing an international raw materials conference in Vienna in autumn 2018, within the scope of the Austrian EU Council Presidency.

The political conditions will also act as a significant driver – or indeed a brakeman. Access to raw materials, circular economy, or robust and fair trade with other regions of the world – all of these factors will also shape the future of the European extractive industry and its value added. We would like to help shape this future a little.

Stakeholder Dialogue

Against the backdrop of rapid and „disruptive” technological change, transforming value-creation chains and challenges in securing know-how, European and cross-industry solidarity is needed.

In preparation for the EUMICON Conference in the framework of the EU Council Presidency, a stakeholder initiative will therefore be started that attempts to define concrete answers and innovative solutions to strengthen resource-based value-creation chains „Made in Europe”:

  • Which technologies and processes will shape our future?
  • How do we secure the know-how for these future technologies?
  • What role will mineral resources and intelligent materials play?
  • What political, economic and scientific conditions do we need to create?

As part of four high-level workshops in Brussels, Stuttgart, Sofia and Vienna, relevant stakeholders from politics, science, the industry and civil society are invited to discuss innovative solutions using the design thinking method.


Providing Europe with mineral resources is one of those crucial tasks that must be safeguarded in terms of economic policy. In addition, a profitable positioning of Austrian and European industrial companies along the value creation chain is an essential asset for the future of our business location from the point of view of the resources industry as well as the processing industry.
Training, research and expert education are essential factors for the use of the most modern technologies and the development of innovative products, services and processes in the field of mineral resources management. Securing know-how for Austria and the enthusiasm of young people for technical professions will be the focal points of keynote speeches and panel discussions.
The extraction, processing and refinement of resources is at the heart of all modern industrial production. Intelligent materials, surface treatments and the optimisation of mineral resources in the industrial production process are decisive factors along every value-creation chain. In this part of the programme, innovative products and processes are presented.
Sustainability is the central theme in the extraction and use of mineral resources, which all originate from the earth's crust. The values of life cycle assessments, environmental services and recycling will be directly linked to this topic in the future. With a focus on smart cities and urban habitats, intelligent systems for the future development, operation and supply of metropolitan areas will be highlighted and discussed.

Conference Partner

In Partnership with:
Cerame Unie
european aluminium
world mining congress