The Safety in Action and Melbourne Materials Handling trade shows were successfully held on 17-19 April at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Melbourne.
Organised by Australian Exhibitions & Conferences , the co-located exhibitions attracted a steady stream of visitors who were exposed to the latest technologies as well as a series of seminars conducted as part of the expanded knowledge centre program.
These concurrently running seminars introduced for the first time at the trade shows focused on management of risk, materials and dangerous goods handling, height safety and machine safety.
All 52 presentations by organisations such as Norton Rose, Safe Work Australia, Noel Arnold and Associates, the National Safety Council of Australia and Master Builders among others were held over the three days in addition to live interactive product demonstrations.
The exhibitors included 50 newcomers and many were happy with the leads generated.
Capital Safety of Silverwater, NSW, designer and manufacturer of height safety, confined space and industrial rescue equipment gave dynamic demonstrations of automatic descent and rescue from a scaffold.
Glenn Roche demonstrated his own invention, the Roche Wrappa, a device designed to take the hard work out of tension wrapping pallets with plastic sheet. He was able to record about 100 good leads each day.
Among the newcomers, Ross Waldron of NZ-based Visitor Registration marketing the VisitorRego, a computer-based sign-in system for visitors and contractors said that they were looking forward to follow up on the leads.
Repeat exhibitors saw value in brand exposure as well as lead generation. Gary Chang of Perth-based Australian Supreme Imports (safety glasses, warning lights, helmets, ear muffs and other safety items) said that they were also able to record around 100 leads a day.
According to Cal Osborne, operations manager for Easy Guides Australia, publishers of picture based safety and licenses training materials for high risk and industrial licenses, they were able to pick up six possible distributers and lots of customers.
Parcor, specialists in workplace safety and training demonstrated for the first time how to detect correct and incorrect posture during lifting and bending, using a motion camera connected to a computer.
Advanced Protective Technologies, a Port Stephens based firm showcased low sweat super-tough nitrile gloves designed to withstand petrol, oils, hydraulic fluids, strong cleaners, chemicals, acids, alkalis, solvents and paint thinners. Happy with the leads generated, the company has decided to book into Safety WA in August.
High-tech boots were a big item, with the boom in mining and allied industries very likely to expand the market for safety footwear.
Visitors were able to check out safety boots designed for use in construction, manufacturing, agriculture and warehouses, with steel caps or without (for convenience at airport security), sports styling, slip and acid resistance.
Key boot brands displayed at the trade show included Bata Industrials, Steel Blue, Ballarat-based Oliver, Florsheim featuring the U.S. Bogs range, Blundstone, Active Casual, Wolverine, Shandong Best Serve Safety Shoe and Cortina China Ltd.
Scope Optics (Danny Sabados) and Capital Safety (Leonardo DiCocio) won awards for Best Stand over 18m² while the best newcomer award went to Bog’s Footwear (Matty Ferguson).
The focus will now move to the WA Safety Show at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on 7-9 August.