Mining service companies not keen on Diggers & Dealers invitation

A plan by the organisers of Diggers & Dealers to include mine service companies in the conference fold for the first time has been dumped after receiving little traction.

Invitations to speak at the mining event were sent to 15 mine services groups, but event director John Langford said the chance to present to a room full of potential clients did not compel many companies to take up the offer.

Mining contractor MACA will be the only service company to present at the key industry conference.

Langford told SMH he had dumped plans to allow companies outside of the traditional scope to speak at Diggers.

''We canvassed brokers and investors and they were in full support, it was a natural extension,'' he said.

''The only thing we didn't expect was for mining services to say no, and turn down the opportunity to present to 2000 people. The industry didn't want to take advantage of the opportunity.''

Langford said he had tried to entice mining services businesses to freshen up the program.

''Every four or five years we try to do something to provide interesting change to keep the quality of the program up and to be relevant.

''And service companies are a very valid part of the industry.''

The cool reception from contract companies comes as spending budgets tighten.

It costs around $16,000 to speak at Diggers, which includes a booth and four delegate spots, and excludes airfares and accommodation for the two night stay in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

'Most of the companies that did apply this year had a significant amount of substance, not so much junior explorers chasing a dream,'' Langford said.

As such, the list of majors on the schedule to present makes for an impressive line-up with the likes of Fortescue Metals Group, AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields booked in.

Gold miners Newmont and Newcrest have both reserved a spot at one of the 125 company booths in the marquee.

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