Despite the current downturn, Australia’s mining industry continues to provide strong potential for local manufacturers and the upcoming AIMEX exhibition – held in Sydney in late August, will provide an ideal showcase for the opportunities available fir manufacturers within the sector
More than 600 exhibitors across 45,000 sq metres of exhibition space will be showing decision makers in the mining industry their latest equipment, developments, and technology.
According to Paul Baker, AIMEX exhibition director, a number of key drivers affecting the mining industry have the potential to offer
excellent opportunities for Australian manufacturers.
“With the recent volatility in resources prices, the industry has really focused on productivity and efficiency, and the need to reduce costs,” he said.
“In response to this, the emphasis among exhibitors and displays at AIMEX 2013 will be all about innovation; how the very latest
processes, systems, services and products can meet miners’ demands for productivity and efficiency gains.”
There is also the push within both the federal and state governments for an increased level of local content, putting the onus on Australian mining companies to source a large percentage of their equipment and services from Australian companies.
Baker said AIMEX exhibitors included a wide range of suppliers of innovative equipment, products and services aimed at lowering costs per tonne, and increasing production and mining efficiency.
“In part, this is because Australian manufacturers – particularly in the mining sector – are highly regarded around the world for their quality and global competitiveness, and AIMEX 2013 will be a global showcase for some of these companies,” Baker said.
“It’s also an ideal forum for them to network and look at ways of working together on major projects which they may not be capable of delivering in isolation,” he said.
Another increasingly significant area of interest that has potential for local manufacturers and engineering shops is in equipment sourced from developing markets – particularly China, with some significant players from this market exhibiting at AIMEX.
“At the same time, there are enormous opportunities for Australian consultants, engineers, fabricators, and those with manufacturing and R&D experience and expertise.
“AIMEX, with a number of suppliers from China, Eastern Europe and other developing markets, will be an ideal venue for owners and representatives of machine shops, fabricators, engineering facilities and designers to see this equipment and talk to manufacturers and their representatives about opportunities in this market,” Baker said.