IDEAS 2016
4th Annual Inter/multimodal Development Expo Arizona-Sonora:

Addressing global demands for mining products, logistics, innovation and sustainability
from the heart of the Copper State

May 3-5, 2016 at Port of Tucson

Growing our Mega Region in Trade, Transportation and Mining
IDEAS 2016 positions Arizona and Sonora as an efficient mega region for trade and transportation with an educational conference, networking, tours and expo. Each year IDEAS focuses on an industry that drives economic growth in the Arizona-Sonora region. The theme this year is mining innovation.

With today’s low commodity prices, innovation has never been more important for mining companies to uncover new ways to reduce costs, improve safety and manage environmental impact – and our region is a global leader in innovation and technologies that can address these challenges.

5 Reasons to Attend
5 reasons for industry, logistics, and procurement professionals to attend IDEAS 2016:

1.  Open up new global project and business development opportunities in mining and multimodal transportation
2.  Learn how to access the most efficient modes of transportation to connect to domestic and international markets
3.  Tour the Port of Tucson that supports all modes of transportation: air, ocean, truck and rail
4.  Learn first-hand about the global mining industry with keynote presentations by mining executives and  mining technology leaders who contribute to make our region a global hub for mining innovation
5.  Experience the mining industry with tours of ASARCO’s Mission Mine and Caterpillar’s world-class Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center, a regional proving ground for Cat’s mining machines integrated with advanced technologies

3 Day Schedule

Day 1: Spotlight Sahuarita
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 1 pm to 6 pm
Caterpillar’s Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center

1 pm:         Depart for Tinaja Hills - buses leave from conference hotels and Port of Tucson for Caterpillar’s demonstration site near Sahuarita
2 - 5 pm:   IDEAS 2016 welcome reception, drinks & hors d’oeuvres
2 pm:         Welcome by Caterpillar Global Mining
2:30 pm:   Welcome to mining country by Town of Sahuarita Mayor Duane Blumberg
3 pm:        Cat Presentation and demonstration
5 pm:        Return to Tucson - buses return to conference hotels and Port of Tucson

Day 2: IDEAS 2016 & 3rd Annual Mining Appreciation Dinner
Wednesday, May 4, 8 am to 7 pm
Port of Tucson

8:30 am:    Buses leave from conference hotels to Port of Tucson
8-10 am:   Registration, continental breakfast, networking and expo
9 am:        30-minute Port of Tucson tours by bus

9:30 am:   Opening Remarks
Opening remarks and welcome:
1.  Stefan Baumann, Director of Business Development, Port of Tucson
2.  Dick Gruentzel, CFO, Tucson Airport Authority

9:50 am:   Welcome to IDEAS 2016
Welcome remarks:  
3.  Doug Ducey, Arizona Governor
4.  Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson Mayor
5.  Ricardo Pineda, Mexican Consul
6.  Glenn Williamson, Honorary Consul of Canada in Arizona

10:15 am:  Keynote Session
Keynote Presentations:
1.  Your Copper Connection by Union Pacific and Ferromex
2.  Xavier Garcia de Quevedo, Executive Chairman, Infrastructure Division, Grupo Mexico: Buenavista del Cobre Expansion Project at Cananea
3.  Exequiel Rolón, Sustainability Manager, Fresnillo, PLC

11:15 - 11:30 am:  Break and Expo - Visit our exhibitors!

11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Tucson’s Position as a Global Hub for Mining Innovation
Panel discussion of success stories by mining innovation leaders
Moderator: Justin Dutram, Director of Business Development, Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona

  Arizona Geological Survey, Tucson, Arizona
  CAID, Tucson, Arizona
  Caterpillar, Peoria, Illinois
  Freeport-McMoRan Analytics Lab, Phoenix, Arizona
  Split Engineering, Tucson, Arizona
  University of Arizona Mining and Geological Engineering, Tucson, Arizona

12:30 - 2 pm: Lunch, Networking and Expo Break

Visit our food trucks and exhibitors

1 - 2 pm: How to Do More Business in the Global Mining Industry
Panel discussion on successful projects here and abroad, creating and explaining supplier opportunities in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere
Moderator: Sydney Hay, President, AMIGOS
  Freeport-McMoRan, Phoenix, Arizona
  Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico
  Grupo Mexico, Cananea, Sonora
  Hudbay Minerals, Toronto, Canada
  Mexico Mining Center, Hermosillo, Sonora
  Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Ontario, Canada
  US Commercial Service
  VS.GLOBALMETAL, Tucson, Arizona

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
More success stories and business opportunities:
1.  SmartMine 5.0: The future of exploration and reclamation
2.  COMEX warehouse presentation
3.  Dust free from pit to ship
4.  Sustainable mining center in Mexico
5.  Port of Los Angeles Multimodal Gateway

3:30 - 4 pm: Networking break - visit our exhibitors!

4 - 7 pm:   3rd Annual Mining Appreciation Dinner
Hosted by Southern Arizona Business Coalition (SABC), Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) and Arizona Mining and Industry Get Our Support (AMIGOS)
4 - 5 pm:     Networking and 30 minute port tours at 4:00 and 4:30
5 - 7 pm:     Dinner, keynote, awards, networking and drinks
4 - 7 pm:     Buses depart regularly for conference hotels; last departure is 7 pm

Day 3: ASARCO Mine Tours
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
ASARCO’s Mission Mine

Visit ASARCO’s Mission Complex that has produced 134 million lbs. of copper in concentrate from an open pit that is 2.5 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and 1,200 feet deep.
9 - 11:30 am: 1st mine tour by bus from conference hotels. Buses depart at 9 am and return at 11:30 am.
12 - 2:30 pm: 2nd mine tour by bus from conference hotels. Buses depart at 12 pm and return at 2:30 pm.

Download the IDEAS 2016 Brochure (PDF)



Port of Tucson 
7000 E Century Park Drive
Tucson, AZ 85756

Driving Directions 


Tuesday May 3 from 1pm until Thursday May 5, 2016 to 2:30pm MST
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Stefan Baumann 
Port of Tucson 

Conference Hotels

For discounted accommodations we have contracted a room block for IDEAS 2016 guests at these hotels, and we will be providing bus transportation between these hotels and the events. All the hotels are located near the Tucson International Airport, approx. 6 miles from the Port of Tucson.

IDEAS bus service is offered at the conference hotels. Should you be staying in a different hotel, please arrange for your own transportation to the conference hotels to catch the buses.

Here are the choices:

Best Western Plus, 6801 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85706

Hilton Garden Inn, 6575 S Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85756

Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, 7350 S Nogales Hwy, Tucson AZ 85756