Conference held in Falmouth

International Conference held in Falmouth for the 6th year running

The Minerals Engineering International (MEI) Conference was held at the Falmouth Beach Hotel for the 6th year running this week, (Monday 12th - Thursday 15th June) with delegates attending from 24 countries including Australia, Kazakhstan, Canada and South America.

Established in Falmouth since 1998 by Dr. Barry Wills, (Head of Minerals Engineering at Camborne School of Mines for 22 years) and his daughter Dr. Amanda Wills, son Jon, and wife Barbara, MEI run conferences in Falmouth, Capetown, Australia and South America.

The Hydrocyclones ’06 and Ultrafine Grinding ’06 conferences included the latest in cutting edge technology within the industry. When asked why he chose Falmouth as a destination Barry said, “We’re a Falmouth based company located next door to Camborne and Redruth, where modern mining started. We feel that anyone in the mining industry should visit this area. The delegates tell me that of all the conferences we organise around the world, they feel this is the most exotic. Many of them leave saying they’ll definitely come to the next one but next time they’ll bring their family and stay for a few extra days and holiday.”

“The conference has been very successful again this year and we have already booked dates for 2007 and 2008. The hotel has ideal facilities for up to 100 delegates with break out rooms and exhibition space/coffee breaks in the same area. The relaxing atmosphere is conducive to discussion which is most important, the food is always good and after 6 years we know the staff well and everything runs smoothly”.

Jo Ramsden, Marketing Manager of The Falmouth Beach Hotel said, “We are delighted that the conference has been a huge success and look forward to welcoming MEI back next year. We hope that this success will encourage more companies to bring conferences to Falmouth. Most of the delegates booked flights into Newquay airport which highlights the importance of the airport as a major mode of transport and the increasing need for new air routes into the county.”

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