The Mining and Engineering NSW Exhibition starts next week.
The biennial event, which will be held next week, will showcase the latest coal mining technology for the Hunter Valley mining region.
Paul Baker, director of REEDMININGEVENTS, described M&E NSW as being crucial for mining personnel in the Hunter Region, and mining regions throughout the state, due to the wide range of technological solutions on display and various mining community focused networking initiatives.
"As the mining industry continues to transition from the investment phase to production phase, the importance of mining personnel attending an industry event like M&E NSW, to ensure their mining companies are adopting the latest innovative technology, only increases," Baker said.
"However, this transition has also renewed the focus of mining companies on achieving greater productivity and improved efficiency, as means of optimising their mine site operations."
To strengthen its focus on the NSW mining industry the event has teamed up with the NSW Minerals Council.
"REEDMININGEVENTS is proud to have the NSW Minerals Council as a strategic partner for M&E NSW 2014. It is crucial that a business-to-business industry event like M&E NSW is supported by industry groups, who share a common objective of facilitating and fostering a positive future for the mining industry in NSW."
Galilee described the event as an important one of the state's mining industry.
"The NSW mining industry is a strategic asset, and major contributor to the state and nation's economy," he said.
"M&E NSW provides the sector with a fantastic opportunity to conduct face-to-face business in the administrative capital of the NSW mining sector, in Newcastle. NSW mining is strengthened by industry events that focus on providing the sector with the tools to be successful."
The event will also feature, in a similar vein to other REEDMININGEVENT mining exhibitions, a safety panel, a women in mining event, and TechTalks.
Baker explained the show's sister exhibitions' TechTalks, stating that "the TechTalks have been going very well and those sorts of innovations and new ways of doing things in terms of ideas and knowledge sharing that these suppliers have for the industry," he said.
The focus will also be on personnel.
The new Faces of Mining….Making it Personal initiative will be introduced next week at the event.
Developed by REEDMININGEVENTS, it highlights the contribution personnel make to the mining industry, from the coalface through to the contractor, at operations, in the office, or senior management positions.
“With an increasing amount of attention being placed on the development and welfare of individual workers within companies throughout Australia, it is important for the industry to have platforms like M&E NSW that provide knowledge-sharing opportunities which educate companies and personnel about the best practices to improve their workforce,” Baker said.
“Even with the rising prominence of automation and unmanned technology in conducting mine site operations, developing the individual worker is a priority for mining companies as the production phase intensifies due to the direct influence this has on productivity, efficiency and profits.”