The Queensland Mining and Engineering (QME) exhibition, the State’s largest mining show, kicks off in Mackay from 22 to 24 July — showcasing the latest mining equipment and services at a time that the industry is experiencing its biggest-ever boom.
With coal from central Queensland’s Bowen Basin fuelling the engine rooms of the world’s fastest-growing economies — China, India and other developing countries — QME is well positioned to bring the latest technology to the region’s mining and construction industries, according to Soren Norgaard, exhibition manager.
“We will have more than 500 companies displaying their products and services to this marketplace during the three days of QME, along with our MINING 2020 conference kicking off the week — making this an ideal opportunity for anyone involved in the Queensland mining sector to network with their suppliers and peers,” he said.
“In addition, we anticipate delegations from China, Russia, Europe, India and South America — as well as interstate visitors — which will help make this a truly international event.
“We have been working closely with Austrade to bring a number of international delegations from key customer markets to QME, and they will be hosted at a number of networking events during the week.
“At the same time, with at least $25 billion worth of mining, construction and related projects under way or on the drawing board in the Mackay region, visitors to QME 2008 will get a first-hand experience of this booming marketplace,” said Norgaard.
“It will be an ideal opportunity for visitors to see the latest products and services aimed at the mining, energy, construction and agricultural sectors — with suppliers anxious to promote their equipment and solutions to this fast-growing market.”
Norgaard said the integration of QME in Mackay and the MINING 2020 conference, to be held on Monday June 21 and Tuesday June 22, at Laguna Whitsundays Resort, 40 minutes’ drive from Mackay would give central Queensland a true “mining industry week”.
“Delegates and visitors will have a unique opportunity to get together and discuss and debate the major issues of the day, as well as seeing the latest products and services available to the mining industry when they visit QME,” he said.
The MINING 2020 conference will be looking at the major issues impacting on the mining sector — with a focus on the Queensland coal industry — over the next few years.
Featuring speakers from the highest levels of government, academia, the mining industry and other key sectors, this conference will bring together the widest-possible range of Australia’s and Queensland’s decision makers and influencers to debate and discuss the key issues critical to the industry’s future.
“We launched the MINING 2020 concept as part of AIMEX 2007 in Sydney last year, and it proved a very popular value-add for the exhibition,” said Norgaard.
“As a result of its success at AIMEX, we’ve decided to bring the MINING 2020 conference concept to QME 2008.
“Given the huge investment in the central Queensland region, coupled with the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the next few years, MINING 2020 will provide some unique insights into the future of mining,” he said.
One issue that has arisen with the growth in central Queensland’s economy, along with demand for services, infrastructure and workers, has been a shortage of accommodation and travel to the region.
Fortunately, additional accommodation for visitors, along with extra flights into Mackay, were recently been announced.
Two cruise ship “hotels” have been arranged in Mackay during QME, providing luxury-standard accommodation for visitors, while additional capacity has become available in Airlie Beach, about 150 km from Mackay. Daily shuttle buses have been organised between Airlie Beach and QME.
As well as this additional accommodation, Qantas has announced the addition of a twice-daily 100-seat Fokker aircraft service between Brisbane and Mackay starting in July.
“Potential visitors to QME 2008 who had been concerned about the tight availability of accommodation in and around Mackay will find the situation has been significantly eased — although we would still urge those planning to travel to Mackay to get in touch with Mackay Tourism as soon as possible to secure rooms,” Norgaard said.
QREX trade fair
The most recent development in Reed Exhibitions’ structured program of mining events has been the announcement that the company will take on management of Rockhampton’s Queensland Resources Expo (QREX) trade fair, which will be held from July 22-25, 2009 — giving central Queensland a major, professionally organised and managed mining exhibition on an annual basis.
“There has been increasing demand for a major regional mining exhibition in Queensland on an annual basis — as shown by the success of the inaugural QREX in 2007,” said John Gorton, Reed Exhibitions’ group exhibition director.
“Now by bringing QREX into the Reed stable of mining events, we have two highly complementary exhibitions catering for central Queensland’s globally recognised resources industries.
“Mackay is the key service city for the Bowen Basin, and is experiencing enormous growth in mining, construction and agriculture-related business — which is driving the continued success of QME,” Gorton said.
“For its part, Rockhampton is rapidly developing as the premier provider of goods and services to the southern Bowen Basin, as well as being a key alternative supply centre for northern Bowen Basin enterprises.
“We can see considerable growth prospects for both QME and QREX in providing a much needed exhibition marketplace to service this entire region on an annual basis,” he said.
QME and QREX are part of Reed Exhibitions’ other Australian mining events, which in addition to these two shows, include Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX), to be held in September 2011 in Sydney; Goldfields Mining Expo (GME), Kalgoorlie, October 2008 and 2010; and the NSW Mining & Energy Exhibition (M&E), Hunter Valley, September 2009.
“Reed Exhibitions is continuing to build its structured calendar of mining events in Australia, allowing us to provide the industry’s most professionally run and transparent exhibitions — all independently audited — and backed up by carefully targeted marketing campaigns,” said Gorton.
“This assures exhibitors of the best possible show experiences and return on investment, working with a fully accountable team of industry professionals who know the mining sector extremely well.”
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