Founded in 2015, MINEX Europe Forum offers a vibrant platform for the dissemination of innovative technologies and for promoting investment opportunities and best practices for mining and exploration across Europe.

The previous MINEX Europe Forums have been held in Austria, Serbia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania. These Forums have brought together local mining communities and international companies to facilitate cross-border dialogue on developing sustainable mining industries across Europe.  In 2020 the Forum was organised online and highlighted mining projects in Southern, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.

17 October 2023

Forum & Exhibition
Networking Drinks 

18 October 2023

Forum & Exhibition
Gala Dinner

19 October 2023

Site visits
Private events

The economies of the future will no longer rely on oil and coal, but on lithium for batteries; on silicon metal for chips; on rare earth permanent magnets for electric vehicles and wind turbines. And it is sure: the green and digital transitions will massively increase our need for these materials.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

January 2023

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The 7th MINEX Europe Mining and Exploration Forum was held under the theme “Mining and Green Transition in Central and Eastern Europe” on 17 – 19  October 2023  in Wrocław, Poland focusing on Sustainable Mining and Just transition in Central, Eastern, and wider Europe.

The MINEX Europe Forum is a prominent international mining event focused on the Development of Primary Materials and the transition to Renewable Energy resources.

The Forum brings delegates from European and Global mining, technology, investment, and policy-making organisations.  It facilitates essential conversations on the sustainable and dependable sourcing of primary raw materials to meet the needs of the European industrial ecosystems.  It also addresses the impact of the European Critical Raw Materials Act, Just Transition, Coal phase-out, and other policies on further opportunities for the mining and metals industry in Central, Eastern, and wider Europe.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the key players, enjoy networking opportunities and connect with the leaders driving the mining and metals sector to the next level.

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The Forum’s outreach

In-person Participants
Speakers and panellists
Countries: Europe, North & South America, Australia, Asia
Social media Followers
MINEX Forum Subscribers

Mining Outlook for Central, Eastern and Southern Europe


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Bosnia and Hetzegovina

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Czech Republic

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North Macedonia

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Why Wrocław?

Poland is the biggest mining country in the European Union hosting raw materials such as hard coal, lignite, copper, gold and silver as the main resources which are produced in both surface mining and mainly in underground operations. Poland hosts the biggest mining communities in Europe consisting of mining companies, a big mining supplier industry and academia.

Wroclaw is located centrally to important mining areas of coal mining in the Silesian Basin (abt. 170km), the big copper mines of KGHM (abt. 100km) and the western lignite deposits in Turoszow close to the border to Germany.

One of the world’s biggest producers of copper and silver KGHM operates Głogów and Legnica Copper Smelters and Polkowice-Sieroszowice copper mine 70-90 km away from Wrocław.  The company employs 34,000 people and operates mining projects in Europe, North America and  South America. KGHM output is estimated at 40 million tonnes of copper in situ. The company operates the largest silver mine in the world. In 2022, the KGHM Group produced 1,327 tons of silver.

Poland is the leading location in Central and Eastern Europe for greenfield investments. It accounted for about 25% of FDI projects in the region in 2022.

In 2016 the Korean Technology Giant opened LG Energy Solution in Wrocław – Europe’s largest and the world’s leading producer of lithium-ion batteries for the automotive industry.  Greenfield investment in Wrocław brought the implementation of the most advanced technology to Poland. The plant covers an area of about 100 ha. The current capacity is 70 GWh and will reach 115 GWh in 2025.

Umicore has two production facilities near Wrocław: Nowa Ruda for automotive catalysts and Nysa for cathode materials. Commissioned in 2022 the Nysa plant is the first cathode materials plant in Europe. The materials produced in Nysa are sold to battery cell makers who produce the batteries for electric vehicles. Umicore has been producing cathode materials for rechargeable batteries for more than 20 years. Umicore has had long-standing expertise in metal treatment for more than 200 years. It has been producing cathode materials for rechargeable batteries for more than 20 years. The materials that are produced in Nysa are sold to battery cell makers who produce the batteries for electric vehicles.

Intel announced on 16 June 2023 plans to invest 4 bln euros in building a new semi-semiconductors plant in Miekinia, a small city located 26km to the west of Wrocław. With Poland still largely reliant on coal for its energy, it will be interesting to see how quickly the country can make the switch to renewables given Intel’s commitments to use 100% renewable energy by 2030. On this front, we have seen strong, recent growth in inbound renewables FDI in Poland, particularly onshore wind and solar power.

Wroclaw airport

How to get to Wrocław?

Wrocław is the capital city of Lower Silesia, the third biggest city in Poland, is not only a dynamic economic centre but also one of the most beautiful cities in Poland.

Wrocław can boast one of Poland’s most efficient and modern airports, thanks to the shiny new terminal opened in March 2012. The airport is located about 10 km from the city centre.  Convenient access to the centre is possible thanks to the public buses and other forms of transport, such as taxis, always waiting for arriving passengers at the terminal. Also, travellers who plan onward journey beyond Wrocław to the region can choose from a variety of forms of transport.

Currently, the following air careers provide direct flights to Wrocław: Eurowings, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Ryanair, SAS, Swiss Air, WizzAir and Air Dolomiti.

Please check the airport website for more information https://airport.wroclaw.pl/

Lithium Mines In Europe

European Mining Digest

In the months preceding the Forum, we will be “mining” and posting the news about the trends, projects, policies, and innovations evolving across the minerals and metals supply chain across 14 countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The language plugin will enable seamless translation to 20 languages.

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In response to the immense need for minerals and metals in strategic European industrial ecosystems, the importance of sustainable and dependable sourcing of raw materials continues to rise on the EU’s strategic and economic agenda. The Forum will serve as a stage for essential conversations regarding the European Critical Raw Materials Act, Just Transition, Coal phase-out, geopolitical changes and their consequences, significant innovations, policy initiatives, as well as the challenges and opportunities encountered by the raw materials sector – and beyond.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the key players, enjoy networking opportunities and connect with the leaders driving the mining and metals sector to the next level.

Trade Show

An exhibition of mining projects and technologies organised alongside the Forum stimulates business exchange and forges partnerships with the local mining communities. The virtual twin of the exhibition displays extends engagement with remote participants.

Who regularly takes part in the Trade Show?

Companies offering technological solutions and services to the mining and renewable energy industry.

• Greenfield and brownfield junior mining projects.
• Mining ESG and Renewable Energy Projects developed across Europe.
• Innovation Start-Ups
• Industry and Academic Consortia

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Presentation opportunites

Company CEOs, Senior officials, and Prominent Business and Research Experts present at the plenary, strategy and technical sessions, and panel discussions.

The event will be conducted in English and accompanied by a simultaneous translation to Polish.

This year’s forum will focus on the following topics:

  • The Future of Mining in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Net Zero Mining and Renewable Energy
  • Coal phase-out Just Transition
  • Building Critical Raw Materials in Europe
  • Investing in Mining and Materials processing projects in Europe
  • Rebuilding Mining in Ukraine
  • Mining Automation and Digital Transformation

Submit speaker application before 15 September

Business Networking

Invest your time and resources to generate new leads and opportunities to drive your business.

Delegates attending in person will be able to enjoy networking Drinks and a Gala dinner. The purpose-built mobile web application will enhance opportunities for interactions between the participants during and after the Forum.

Register before 27 June to save 15%


Stand out

Increase the visibility of your business at Europe’s premier mining event.

We invite companies and organisations working in the mining industry to support the Forum as sponsors. Sponsorship status is a distinguished sign of the company’s leadership aspirations and high professional standing in the European mining industry. Sponsorship offers companies exclusive engagement and visibility opportunities at Europe’s premier mining event.

To learn more please contact us via eu@minexforum.com or +44 208 089 2886

Site visits

Visit local mines and learn about how they operate
Learn about emerging business opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe
Make personal connections with the mine managers
Discuss potential opportunities for business development 

Facts and Figures

MINEX Europe 2019

Forum facts

Over 100 participants from 18 countries

Over 40 presenters and panellists

15 exhibitors and sponsors

80% delegates are senior executives and decision-makers in their organisations

An intensive programme

Over 20 hours of presentations

Around 10 hours of networking

A day-long mine site visit

Where are the participants from?

  • Local companies – 40%
  • Companies from elsewhere in Europe – 30%
  • Companies from outside Europe – 30%

Who are the participants?

  • Mining companies – over 40%
  • Mining service and consulting companies – 25%
  • Mining equipment producers and distributors – 10%
  • Investors and financiers – 10%
  • Government officials – 15%