The “Modern Mines of Gravel and Sand” conference dedicated exclusively to the mining of sand and gravel resources is the first such event in the industry organised after the easing of the epidemic restrictions. This two-day event was divided into two equally interesting parts. On the first day there were tours of the mines (“Pawłów” Mine and Bełchatów Brown Coal Mine), where the participants could admire some of the largest coal mining machines in the world.
On the next day, i.e. 23rd July, the substantive part of the 12th “Modern Mines of Gravel and Sand” conference began at the Wodnik Hotel in Słok near Bełchatów, which attracted approx. 100 participants related to the industry. The introductory panel discussion concerned contemporary challenges and opportunities for the development of open-pit mining in Poland. The speakers presented data on the condition of the Polish economy as well as forecasts of the demand for gravel and sand.
The conference was originally planned to take place in May, but due to the coronavirus, the organisers were forced to postpone the event. “We are meeting in the new reality, after many months of living in isolation, when we saw one another online and on the Facebook group entitled “Surowce w sieci”. Many of you then asked when we would meet in person again. We did it. It will be an exceptional edition not only because of the restrictions, but also due to an attractive programme full of novelties, e.g. two tours, a legal panel discussion with experts or the BMP Academy on intriguing mental training,” said Przemysław Płonka, editor-in-chief of BMP, during the opening of the conference.
The issues raised at the conference, such as the state of general uncertainty, very slow recovery from the crisis, crisis in the residential construction industry, increase in prices in tender procedures which do not end with contract award procedures as well as the deterioration of the state budget situation, are extremely important and of interest to many Polish companies, which – unlike Lubas – specialise not only in the production of polyurethane. The participation of the representatives of the Sales Department for Poland in this exceptional event provided an opportunity to exchange mutual experiences in these difficult times as well as to develop and strengthen the existing relations.