There was no doubting the impact upon entering AIMEX 2003 of the Liebherr 944B towering over all.
The 944B, now on its way to Mt Keith in Western Australia, was certainly a show stopper, but though less imposing there was plenty of other gear to be seen from the likes of Hitachi and Atlas Copco.
According to most exhibitors, AIMEX 2003 was a big success: “Less tyre kickers than at the last AIMEX”, was a comment often repeated.
For some like mine rescue chamber manufacturer, Shairzal, it was the best mining show they had attended.
Austrade managing director Peter O’Byrne put importance of the event in perspective when opening the exhibition by quoting from ABARE statistics that show mining technology and services now contribute more than $3bn to Australia’s GDP, with export earnings totalling almost $2bn.
“ABARE and Austmine predict strong annual growth, leading to the industry earning a potential $6bn a year in exports by the end of the decade,” O’Byrne said.
“Australian companies are leading the world in e-business solutions for the mining industry – and the growing uptake of hi-tech systems in the mining industry could see more than 30% of global mining expenditure over the next three years conducted using e-business.
“And at least 60% of the world’s mines are now operating with Australian made and designed software,” he said.
Many of these manufacturers launched new products at AIMEX 2003.