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Conclusions of the XIV Jornadas ANIET techniques

Conclusions of the XIV Jornadas ANIET techniques-National Association of Mining and Processing Industry

On November 21, 2018, the XIV Technical Conference of the National Association of the Extractive and Transformative Industry (ANIET), organized by this Association, was held at the Aveiro Congress Center, with the participation of approximately 3 hundred subscribers. This way, the ANIET Technical Days constitute one of the biggest events in the Extractive Industry Sector.

From the interventions and the discussion among the participants,

- Extractive industry is essential in the development of today's society. Modern man depends more and more on the exploitation of mineral raw materials. The importance of the extractive industry in the national economy is manifested in particular in the export sectors, contributing decisively to the wealth of Portugal.


- The importance of holding the ANIET Technical Days, which, in pursuit of its objectives, has already imposed this initiative as a privileged space in the exchange of information between the different actors in this industrial sector. ANIET affirms itself as a privileged partner in the area of ​​mines, industrial rocks and ornamental rocks.


- Particular emphasis was placed on the future of this industrial sector, with the need to increase the competitiveness of the business fabric in foreign markets, targeting around 70% of national production.


- The different activities carried out by ANIET over the last two years were highlighted, highlighting the role that this association has had as a privileged interlocutor between the companies of the sector and other government agencies and institutions. This intervention is highlighted in its intervention on all the legislative articles under review.

Finally, and also in the context of the intervention of the Director General of ANIET, a challenge was launched to the participation of national companies in the different international fairs, so as to be able to boost their export market. There have been opportunities to support the expansion and internationalization of companies operating in the sector. Being ANIET the privileged partner to channel, with its members, these supports.


- Portugal has a diversified mineral potential, naturally associated with the geology of its territory, whose quantitative expression points to the realistic possibility of the sector aiming to double GDP contribution, an objective which, however, needs to be supported by sectoral policies of positive discrimination such as such as fiscal policy, access to venture capital or even investments in scientific and technological research and development projects.
- In another moment of these days, we have seen an excellent presentation on National Energy Policy and its implications for the Business Competitiveness of the Extractive Industry sector. It should be noted that energy costs account for approximately 45% of total costs and that this, if current energy policies are maintained, could constitute an obstacle to the internationalization and competitiveness of the sector.


 - In a particularly interactive session there was the opportunity to attend an accident simulation and to demonstrate the procedures due in these cases. This simulation, by the Somincor Intervention Group, has made us aware of the excellent level that this intervention group already shows.


- The major challenges for the aggregate sector in the GAIN 2018 Forum were highlighted.

The major conclusions that emerged from the meeting of the Global Aggregate Information Network partners are that the members of this network represent more than 60% of aggregate world production, estimated at more than 40 billion tons. Data on aggregate production and consumption of aggregates, prospects for the global evolution of the markets for these raw materials and the future challenges to this important sector of the world economy were reported. Problems and the need to plan access to these mining resources have been clearly identified, combating not only the illegal activity but also the environmental impacts that deregulated practices impose on the extractive industry sector.


- Reflected on sustainability in the aspect of resource preservation, identifying the different dimensions of this sustainability in the Mineral Row. It was emphasized the importance of the trinomial KNOWING - PRESERVING and VALUING mineral resources.


- Creative use of natural stone

Particularly passionate attention was given not only to the social impacts that the creative use of natural stone can have on society, but also to the immensity of use where the limit is the imagination. Natural stone can be a material, par excellence, to shape creativity and free the senses, we will all, by obligation, sensitize artists and creatives to the artistic potential of the use of natural rock.


- Marine Geological Resources

In view of the increase in the consumption of raw materials, the need to use marine mineral resources in the medium term was highlighted. We need a national research policy that allows us to know better what we have, how much we have and where we have it.


- Benefits of the Normalization in the reporting of results of Prospecting and Research of Geological Resources

It was highlighted the need to impose, for the sake of transparency, materiality, competence and impartiality, norms and rules in the preparation of reports with the results of exploration and research of geological resources.


- Circular economy in the stone sector

Given the advantages of looking at the Extractive Industry from the perspective of the Circular Economy and how this new paradigm is cherished by the policies of the European Economic Community. Some practical cases of waste recovery (which are now classified as by-products) have also been illustrated and may constitute new business opportunities for companies in the sector.


- Operation of a mine rescue brigade

Finally, in the context of Safety and Health of the mining works, the activities developed by the Somincor Mine Intervention Group were presented. The response capacities and the different existing equipment to make the different emergency situations that could occur were pointed out. The importance given to the updated and ongoing training of the members of the brigade was mentioned.


Aveiro, November 21, 2018