Australia’s manufacturing sector will have a once-in-four-years opportunity to check out prospects in the mining and resources industry when the mining business comes to Sydney for four days in September at Asia-Pacific's International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2011.
AIMEX 2011 will be held at Sydney’s Olympic Park, Homebush from September 6 to September 9.
AIMEX 2011 is one of the most important trade events for the region’s mining community, says Paul Baker, exhibition director with organiser Reed Mining Events.
With more than 550 exhibiting companies, covering more than 45,000m² of exhibition space, AIMEX 2011 is expected to be nearly 20% larger than the previous 2007 edition.
According to Baker, AIMEX 2011 will be a unique gathering in a single location of mining products and services from around Australia and throughout the world, offering manufacturers, machine shops, fabricators and various local service providers some unique insights into mining industry opportunities.
With the mining industry suffering capacity constraints, and manufacturers concerned about their sector’s long-term future with a high Australian dollar, AIMEX 2011 is a perfect opportunity for local manufacturers and miners to get together and explore options.
Australia is a world leader in mining innovation, technology, equipment and solutions, which is why AIMEX is an internationally recognised platform for Australian and international suppliers of mining technology, equipment and services to conduct business face-to-face with a gathering of influential mining industry buyers and decision-makers unmatched by any other mining exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region, says Baker.
The four years since the last edition of AIMEX have seen fundamental changes in the mining industry and the world economy, many of which will be reflected in the products and services on show. Australia is today well placed to take advantage of the forthcoming boom in the mining industry, and unprecedented demand for its minerals and energy products particularly in the developing world.
At the same time, mining industry trends are following global developments. While financing, mining company consolidations and foreign investment may have been key issues three or four years ago, the focus has now shifted to skills shortages, health and safety, and sustainability, particularly climate change and the proposed carbon tax.
Baker comments that AMEX’s 4-year cycle between editions also meant it was an ideal showcase for new products and services since visitors will always see new technology across a broad range of industry sectors from automation and longwall mining equipment, mine safety and underground mining machinery as well as training and educational tools to environmental management solutions, systems and products.
As in previous years, AIMEX 2011 exhibitors will include both Australian and international suppliers.
AIMEX 2011 will have dedicated pavilions from countries such as Germany, USA, Canada, Italy and South Africa, among others. There will be many Australian companies exhibiting their products, services or expertise at AIMEX, showcasing advanced mining technology to a strong contingent of visitors from key markets around the world including China, India, South Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Russia, the United States and Canada.
Major suppliers exhibiting at AIMEX 2011 include ABB, Atlas Copco, Blackwoods, Bradken, Bucyrus, Cummins, Diversified Mining, Ellton Group, Esco, Hitachi, Hyundai, Industrea, Joy Mining Machinery, Letourneau, Ludowici, MTU, Nepean Group, Orica/Minova, P&H, Scania, SEW Eurodrive, Toshiba, Valley Longwall International and Weir Minerals.
AIMEX is part of Reed Mining Events’ structured portfolio of premium mining industry exhibitions owned and operated by Reed Exhibitions Australia.