One of Australia’s largest mining exhibitions is ramping up and Mackay is prepping for the influx as the industry swarms the Queensland town.
The Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition will celebrate a milestone as it reaches its 21st year.
The show will held during a tumultuous time for Queensland mining industry, as the state’s main mining sector – coal – is facing a serious downturn.
Speaking on the timing of the event, REEDMININGEVENTS director Paul Baker described the exhibition “as an indicator of where the Queensland mining industry is currently situated and where it is headed”.
“QME is really a snapshot of where the QLD mining industry is positioned and where it is heading. QME 2014 is focused on providing solutions that result in better productivity, better efficiency, and better optimisation.
“At QME exhibiting suppliers will be offering solutions that are designed to improve efficiency, increase productivity, and optimise mine site operations – solutions designed to result in ‘better mining’,” Baker said.
“I would expect that with any ‘realignment’ or ‘shift’ in the industry the importance of exhibiting and visiting QME is greater as the necessity of the solutions on display is more pertinent than ever before.”
First held in 1993, the event has continued its focus on providing attendees with innovative technological solutions and techniques designed to improve mining efficiency and productivity.
And this year is no different.
The TechTrails, which featured at Reed Exhibitions’ National Manufacturing Week, will also be making their appearance at the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition.
These TechTrails are designed to “filter attendees to stands based on their product or service categories, maximising their face-to-face time with suppliers that have solutions to meet their business needs”.
These trails include automation; engineering; environmental management; materials handling; minerals processing, open cut mining technology; operational safety; underground mining technology; as well as one highlighting new exhibitors to the show.
“Pioneered at AIMEX 2013, the TechTrails initiative will act as a filtering system that navigates attendees to suppliers who have the solutions that relate to their business needs,” Baker said.
It has also developed a standalone QME mobile app, which can be used offline, and allows users to create a profile, preselect suppliers to visit, and engage with others users at the show.
“This year at QME we have incorporated various strategies to ensure that visitors’ time onsite is as efficient as possible, by connecting them with the suppliers of their choice, to maximise their experience. As a result decision-makers and attendees will be afforded an unrivalled platform to source the latest ground-breaking solutions that stem from technological advances and innovation,” he said.
‘The TechLab’ is also a key feature of the show.
It will showcase new step change technology and supports the focus of the exhibition to be a platform for mining companies to source new innovations for mining processes.
As part of this hub within QME’s Interactive Zone there will also be a series of TechTalks that will be delivered by a number of exhibitors, and is just one of a number of free education streams available at the show.
However the event this year is not just about the equipment and technology.
According to REEDMININGEVENTS it “has introduced a range of measures aimed at providing attendees and suppliers with the best experience as possible at QME, with a number of new initiatives being implemented, which includes a QME mobile app, theme days such as the Women in Mining Day, and a new mechanism that maximises the time of visitors with suppliers of their choice and a hub for step change technology”.
In the vein of all of its recent mining events, its Women in Mining theme day will take precedence during the exhibition and conferences.
On the Wednesday night of the exhibition, QME will partner with the Bowen Basin Mining Club to present the inaugural Queensland Mining Contract Awards, which will showcase and celebrate the achievements of the QLD mining sector, and recognise the success of the METS sector in the region.
QME will run from the 22nd to the 24th of July.