Major mining shows holding up well

Despite the downturn in global trade, major mining shows in Australia organised by Reed Exhibitions are showing strong support.

Despite the downturn in global trade, major mining shows in Australia organised by Reed Exhibitions are showing strong support.

2009 will be a busy year for Reed Mining Events, with a structured calendar of three mining exhibitions in the key regions of Central Queensland, NSW’s Hunter Valley and South Australia.

Reed Mining Events to be held during 2009 are:

Queensland Resources Expo (QREX), from July 21-23,2009, in Rockhampton, Queensland

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.

“Support for all three events is holding up well,” said John Gorton, Reed Exhibitions’ Group Exhibitions Director.

“As everyone would be aware, there has been a lot of negative publicity in recent months about the state of the resources sector and mining generally — but the mining industry as a whole in all three states is very much alive and well,” he said.

Reed’s first exhibition on the calendar for 2009, is July’s QREX, to be held in Rockhampton.

“This is a new addition to the Reed Mining Events stable,” said Gorton.

“There’s no walking away from job losses caused by the collapse in demand for coking coal from steelmakers but miners are finding there is demand for their skills elsewhere in the industry.

“For example, Ensham Resources has just announced a $1 billion underground expansion near Emerald,” he said.

“The resources sector in Queensland is diversified and strong, reflected in the fact that the coal industry is still forecast to return $3.2 billion in royalties to taxpayers this financial year.”

Gorton said that QREX, first held in 2007 under the auspices of Rockhampton City Council and Rockhampton Regional Development, has enormous local business, government, media and community support.

“Alternating with Reed’s long-established QME exhibition in Mackay, QREX encompasses mining, minerals processing and power generation in the southern Bowen Basin, and will have a major involvement from government and businesses based in Rockhampton and Gladstone,” he said.

Recent news that the Queensland Government will fast track about a dozen key mining projects to create more than 1500 jobs in regional Queensland was helping to add to confidence in the medium and longer-term outlook for the industry.

“QREX is now really building momentum, with some key suppliers committing to the show; already we have 100 confirmed exhibitors, putting us on track for a very successful event in July,” he said.

“The latest of these is Queensland Caterpillar dealer Hastings Deering, which will have a significant presence at QREX 09.

“And with a separate stand at the event will be Cat Rental Power, an indication of the confidence that the Caterpillar organisation as a whole has in the Reed exhibitions concept,” Gorton said.

Queensland’s $48 billion a year resources sector sees QREX as a valuable opportunity to put industries in touch with each other and the wider community, according to the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, Michael Roche.

“QREX is an important date on Queensland’s resource sector calendar, as it is one of the few events in the country that brings together policy-makers, industry leaders and the broader community.

“It’s also very important to recognise that, despite sombre economic projections elsewhere, central Queensland’s coal mines remain on target to produce a forecast $30 billion worth of coal in 2009-10,” he said.

“Putting that into context, that’s almost the value of the entire Queensland resources sector just three years ago.

“And with more than one in every four jobs in central Queensland linked to the fortunes of the minerals and energy sector, QREX provides a window to a future that is everyone’s business,” said Roche.

Reed Exhibitions’ John Gorton said that suppliers were recognising the underlying strength and value of the Australian mining sector, and are looking to maintain market share and even build sales — and many of them have identified Reed’s exhibitions as a key element in doing this.

“This was the general consensus at a very successful QREX Industry Briefing in Rockhampton in mid-March, where around 90 exhibitors and prospects indicated a very positive outlook for QREX and the short- and long-term opportunities for suppliers in the Queensland mining industry — despite the economic downturn,” he said.

“They recognise that Reed’s mining exhibitions provide a very successful sales and marketing platform, offering an ideal opportunity to get in front of a large number of potential customers,” he said.

“At the same time, with today’s much tougher environment, miners are looking to reduce costs and obtain maximum efficiency from their operations.

“Attending quality mining events allows them to learn about the latest technology and systems to increase productivity and lower their costs-per-tonne.

“Reed Mining Events give miners the opportunity to see the latest innovations and newest technology from a wide range of suppliers, discuss solutions to the many challenges facing them at the moment — all at a single venue, with equipment, products and solutions tailored precisely to the needs of their particular market,” said Gorton.

He said that times like this, it was essential to ensure that money spent on marketing and promotion was not wasted — and this was particularly so for suppliers to the mining sector.

“Only Reed offers a structured program of quality mining events in Australia’s key mining markets.”

Queensland Resources Expo (QREX) 2009 takes place from July 22-24 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, Rockhampton, Queensland. Full information is available at www.qrex.com.au.

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