Taken as a whole the international mining industry is softening as the global economy expands at a more moderate pace and mine capacity may have outstripped demand in the short term. However, in the individual mining sectors of coal, metal, industrial minerals and aggregates, opportunities await for smarter companies that are meeting their own domestic and international challenges by opening new markets, creating new products, cutting costs and improving efficiencies. This multi-industry sector panel will address both the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for each mining sector. Badges are required for admittance. All food and beverage functions held each day in the Expo Hall will be located in the SME Conference Café, lounge and two restaurants. For more information, visit www.smeannualconference.com.