Mining World Moscow has kicked off and the place is unsurprisingly packed.
Whilst not as large as AIMEX, the event does showcase a global selection of mining machinery manufacturers, with Germany, Finland, China, and Australian holding massive stands.
The Australian stands hold a number of familiar names, such as Bradken, Micromine, Immersive Technologies, Gekko and Russel Mineral Equipment to name a few.
These companies are here as part of a wider trade mission developed in conjunction with Austmine and Austrade.
Speaking to these companies they said that they are looking to export the skills and technological advancements developed in Australia to Russia, a nation which, like ours, has a strong mining tradition.
This pride in its mining industry is highlighted by the placement of a statue of a miner at one of its Metro stations, which showcases the industrial and social achievements of the country.
But it’s no surprise that mining is a major part of the country’s psyche, with the nation holding more than 15 per cent of the all world’s minerals, and an industry that while large, is under-developed technologically compared to that in Australia and other Western nations.
However, it is not only the trade mission which is representing the country.
On investigation Australian Mining found a number of other Australians representing the nation and its developments in mining technology, equipment and skills.
Literally the first person Australian Mining ran into at the event was another Australia, here with Q Steel, a Chinese owned business out of Perth, which is looking to showcase its steel crushing equipment.
GE Mining, which though global is predominately based out of Australia, also has major stand, dominating the entrance to the exhibition.
The usual players Atlas Copco and Sandvik are also here.
Unusually though, Caterpillar, Hitachi and BelAZ are not in show, but Komatsu had made an appearance.
Stay tuned as Australian Mining speaks further to the exhibitors, shows you the latest equipment on show, and brings the highlights of the exhibition.
Australian Mining has attended the exhibition as a guest of ITE, the event’s organiser.