QME’s final day

It is QME's final day today and so far the show has exceeded expectations, Reed Mining Events says.

Speaking to Reed Mining Events' exhibition director Paul Baker, he told Australian Mining that the show is trading well ahead of the previous show in 2010 and has already seen well more than 10 000 people pass through its doors.

"It has been a really exciting show and we've seen an excellent response from exhibitors," Baker said.

"It has really exceeded our expectations."

He went on to say that one of the show's highlights has been the Women In Mining day, which saw pink shirts and lanyards spread throughout the exhibition.

"The panel discussion in the newly created 'Community Hub' was also really well received, it was standing room only."

The panel discussion, hosted by Mining Family Matters, focused on issues affecting women in the industry, careers in mining, increased representations of women, and families.

Baker explained that unlike last year's AIMEX there has not been specific theme days for each day of the event as such, rather an overarching theme of miners' health and safety, with the new Community Hub initiative hosting free health checks and providing advice.

With the positive response coming in, Baker said that Reed Mining Events has now changed its booking schedules, and for the first time allowed pre-registration for QME 2014.

"Previously we only opened booking 12 months before hand, but now we've opened it up for 2014 already, and many exhibitors have rebooked," Baker told Australian Mining.

As QME wraps up Baker said the focus is now shifting towards M&E NSW next month.

"M&E NSW is sold out, but we've managed to release more space, and we're really looking forward to it."

It is also working toward Western Australia's GME event in October.

"GME is 84% allocated so far, so the response to the event is definitely there."

Baker explained that QME has acted as a good place to highlight the different regional events this year.

In October Reed is also branching out by holding its first ever M&E Indonesia.

"We have had a good response to the show in Indonesia so far, and we managed to partner with Asia Pacific Mining Conference 2012.

"It will act as a good opportunity for Australian mining companies to get into Indonesia," he told Australian Mining.

AIMEX is also coming into focus as well as the event kicks off for next year.

"It's been in the market for about six weeks," Baker said.

"It's great that were holding AIMEX by itself next year as it really allows to focus down on this event and building it up."


As QME's final day winds downs Mackay will begin preparing in anticipation for 2014 for the next event.

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