An integrated program incorporating a major trade exhibition; international and regional conferences; and tours to mines, processing plants and research centres is positioning Rockhampton’s Queensland Resources Expo 2009 (QREX) as a must-attend event in July.
The QREX Trade Exhibition will be held in Rockhampton from July 21-23, 2009.
More than 125 exhibitors have been contracted for the exhibition, with significant numbers of additional suppliers set to sign up in the next three months, according to Soren Norgaard, Reed Exhibitions’ exhibition manager, mining and construction events.
“The QREX Trade Exhibition – which is the centrepiece of an entire week of resources-based events centred in Rockhampton – is seen as a key element in bringing together everyone involved in the Central Queensland resources sector,” he said.
QREX week in Rockhampton incorporates a major international industry conference, as well as a resources sector conference.
Other events during this week include daily tours to Central Queensland mines, processing plants, power stations and resources research centres, and a resources careers market open to the entire community.
“The QREX Trade Exhibition, in conjunction with the integrated program of events being held in the Central Queensland region during this week, make a compelling case for anyone involved in the resources sector to visit Rockhampton and be a part of this,” Norgaard said.
“And despite the downturn in the resources sector and the broader economy, suppliers of equipment and services to the mining industry realise that events such as QREX provide unique opportunities for face to face dialogue with substantial numbers of buyers, specifiers and end-users in their key markets,” he said.
“QREX – along with other Reed Mining Events – provides a very cost-effective method of communicating directly with customers and potential customers, something that is very important to suppliers in difficult economic times.”
Norgaard said that exhibitors already committed to QREX included major suppliers to the resources sector, such as Caterpillar’s Queensland dealer Hastings Deering, Terex, Minecorp, Cat Rental, Genie, Toyota Materials Handling and Best Tractor Parts.
“We will also have a significant presence from the Queensland Government, with QREX to feature a display covering the state’s Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation – which now incorporates Trade Queensland, Mines and Energy and Employment, and Industry Development and Innovation,” Norgaard said.
“Regional support for QREX is very high. Not only do we have a strong commitment from Rockhampton Regional Council, but the Gladstone region has also thrown its support behind the event.
“The exhibition will incorporate a Gladstone regional pavilion – which will complement the Gladstone industry tour program planned during QREX week – featuring Gladstone Area Promotional Development Ltd, the Gladstone Engineering Alliance, and other suppliers and businesses from the region,” he said.
QREX event manager Ellie Traynor said that the Trade Exhibition and related events had been designed to appeal to industry leaders, mine management, contractors, suppliers, service providers, investors, those working in the resources sector and community members.
“QREX provides a unique opportunity to explore the infrastructure that Central Queensland already provides and learn more about the planned development within the area,” Traynor said.
“QREX is also a way for people to become an active part in the long-term future of the state’s resources industry; only major events like this give industry the opportunity to gather and share information on such a large scale.”
Traynor highlighted the two industry conferences which would bookend QREX week in Rockhampton.
The week will kick off with the International Industry Conference on Monday July 20 (the day before the QREX Trade Exhibition opens).
“The Q150 QREX Lunch, immediately following the Australian Resources Conference, will be an opportunity to celebrate the state’s rich history and contribution to the Australian resources industry in the company of specially invited VIPs,” Traynor said.
Another major element of QREX will be the Industry Tour Program, departing daily from the Rockhampton Showgrounds between Tuesday July 21 and Thursday July 23.
Lead by industry experts, the tours will visit regional hotspots and will offer participants further insights into the issues and industry discussed in the conferences and on display at the QREX Trade Exhibition.
• The state-of-the-art Blackwater International Coal Centre
• The Mount Morgan Gold Mine
• CQUniversity’s research Centre for Railway Engineering
• Stanwell Power Station
• QMAG Magnesia Mine & Processing Plant
• The Gladstone Industry Tour and Industry Update Luncheon, touring established world-class infrastructure and including the opportunity to network with Gladstone industry leaders.
• The Gladstone Industry Tours, highlighting Gladstone’s established industries, available opportunities and lifestyle and relocation options.
The QREX 2009 Trade Exhibition is part of a structured program of resources industry events organised and managed by REEDMININGEVENTS.
Reed’s two other mining industry exhibitions in 2009 are:
• Mining & Energy NSW Exhibition (M&E NSW), from September 22-24, 2009, in Muswellbrook, Hunter Valley, NSW
• Mining & Energy South Australia Exhibition (M&E SA), from October 27-29, 2009, in Adelaide, South Australia.
Exhibitor bookings for all three events are now open.
N Reed Exhibitions
02 9422 2518