On the back of rising demand in coal, M&E NSW will be held in Newcastle.
The event, held in August, will be the first time it is run in Newcastle.
“Since 1991, previous editions of M&E NSW have been held every four years in the Upper Hunter, with the last one in Muswellbrook in 2009," Reed Mining Events exhibition director Paul Baker explained.
“However, this year we have decided to move it to Newcastle for a number of reasons.
“Newcastle is recognised as the industry hub for the NSW Hunter Coalfields, with a large proportion of the sector’s mining engineering services and support based in and around the city,” he said.
“In addition, a significant portion of the workforce and mine management are based around Newcastle and the surrounding region, including Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens – so the Newcastle Entertainment Centre is a central location to attract key visitors.
It comes as a number of major coal projects gain approval from the NSW government.
“At the same time we have had the recent expansion of the Port of Newcastle to allow increased tonnages to be shipped," Baker added.
“As a result of all these factors, we have a coal industry in NSW which is growing quickly and has strong demand for the latest products and services for both surface and underground mining – which will all be on display at M&E NSW."
The event will also have programs aimed at attracting more women, ‘frontliner’ operators, maintenance crews, supervisors, and foremen, similar to AIMEX last year.
“We will also be incorporating a recruitment element through the M&E NSW Careers Centre as an integral part of the event, aimed at people who are looking for careers in the mining industry,” Baker added.
M&E NSW is the first in a string of mining events from Reed this year, which includes QME and GME.