With at least $25 billion worth of mining, construction and related projects underway or on the drawing board in the Mackay region, visitors to the 2008 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in July will get a first-hand experience of this booming marketplace.
QME will be held at the Mackay Showground from July 22-24, with new products, services and displays by suppliers from the region, Queensland, the rest of Australia and overseas.
“QME 2008 will be an 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,” said Soren Norgaard, Reed Exhibitions’ exhibition manager for QME 2008.
He said the latest regional development register from the Mackay and Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDC) showed $25 billion worth of developments either underway or coming up in the region.
It includes: $6.5 billion worth of mining projects, covering two completed projects, two projects currently under construction, three committed projects and 10 mines or mine expansion projects in advanced stages of investigation.
A total of 49 construction projects totalling $4.9 billion, ranging from luxury resorts in the Whitsundays to mixed commercial/developments and residential estates across the region.
A total of $5.3 billion worth of manufacturing projects, including the massive proposed Abbot Point State Development Area and 5 other industrial estates in the region. $2.36 billion worth of ports development work to upgrade the region’s export capabilities.
The register also identifies road, rail, water, energy, tourism and retail projects across the region.
“However, QME 2008 will not only provide an opportunity to view the latest products and services, but will also be a chance for visitors to come to Mackay and talk first-hand with those involved in these massive projects, and to see the many investment, contract, work and career opportunities available,” Norgaard said.
“QME has the endorsement and strong support of state and local government authorities along with leading industry organisations, including the Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation, the Mining Equipment and Services Council of Australia and the Mackay Area Industry Network.
“This makes it an ideal venue for networking with key decision-makers from throughout the region.”
Visitor delegations from a range of countries and regions around the world will also be attending, with Chinese delegates in particular likely to be well represented — as they were at the previous QME in 2006.
QME is part of Reed Exhibitions’ suite of Australian mining and construction exhibitions.
In addition to QME in July, in October 2008 it will present the Goldfields Mining Expo in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, while in August, the National Construction Exhibition (NCE 2008) will be held in Sydney.
Then in September 2009, the NSW Mining & Energy Exhibition (M&E) will be held in NSW’s Hunter Valley.
QME and GME will again be held in 2010, with Reed’s major four-yearly mining show AIMEX back in Sydney in September 2011.
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