With Western Australia recently recognised as one of the best places in the world in which to mine, it is no surprise that the state will this year be hosting one of Australia's largest mining exhibitions. M&E WA will again hit the West's shores next month, as ReedMiningEvents and Resourceful Events partner up to showcase the latest in technological innovations, new equipment, and the latest techniques in the mining industry designed to make the job more efficient, more productive, and importantly, in this current financial climate – more cost effective.
It also gives visitors, and exhibitors an opportunity to source the latest products, gain relevant education, and network with their peers in a business environment from more than 150 exhibitors.
Held in the Perth Convention Centre from the sixth to the eighth of May, the show will feature a number of exclusive technology and innovation zones, such as TechLab, which the event says is a "dedicated area on the exhibition floor for step-change technology".
The inaugural area is designed to "push innovative boundaries and unveil efficiency enhancing developments".
The show has also set up 'Tech Trails' which are "purpose designed to provide visitors a swift method of connecting with all exhibitors within their preferred area of interest".
These trails include automation; engineering; environmental; materials handling; minerals processing; open cut; safety; and underground mining.
However it is not just equipment and technology on show.
In a similar vein to its related exhibitions – Mining & Engineering NSW, the Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition, and AIMEX, M&E WA will also be holding a number of conferences in conjunction with the show.
The first day will focus on production and planning, examining ways to ensure operational efficiencies on site. The second day will move this focus on to productivity and equipment, and how to choose the best equipment operating strategies for your site, through the provision of case studies and presentations.
As part of the event it will also host an industry dinner and panel discussion.
"This dinner will provide a unique opportunity to hear industry insights from well-respected leaders and offer an exclusive opportunity to network with key stakeholders," ReedMiningEvents stated.
Its panellists include professor Ian Plimer – a well-known geologist and board member of Roy Hill; Northern Star's CEO Bill Beament; Atlas Iron managing director Ken Brinsden; and PricewaterhouseCoopers WA Energy & Mining leader Justin Eve.