New technology on show at QME 2016

Some of the leading names in Australian mining will be attending the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in Mackay, 26th – 28th of July.

New technologies and methods of production within the mining sector will be the main focus throughout the exhibition’s agenda, as well as discussion for the future of the coal mining industry globally.

With a strong customer base and distribution network in the Mackay area, the exhibition presents an opportunity to connect and network with key industry influencers as well as the local community.

QME exhibition director Robby Clark said, “The event is focused on business to business outcomes, and offers plenty of opportunities for attendees to network and gain valuable insights on the industry.”

More than 200 exhibitors from all sectors ranging from conveyer- belts to PPE will be showcasing their newest developments at exhibition stands.

Notable names include Toyota, who will be doing live and interactive demonstrations of the Hilux SR range, Mastermyne Group showcasing their newly formed Mastertec business and Flexco who will be launching their new belt tracker, featuring break-through technology allowing for heavy-duty use, but with extremely cost-efficient value.

Flexco chief engineer of product development and R&D, Brett DeVries will be presenting a seminar as part of the content series reviewing a technique for measuring lagging friction coefficients under typical conveyor belt pressures.

DeVries stated, “Flexco has been exhibiting at QME for more than 14 years. With a strong customer base and distribution network in the Mackay area, the show is a great chance to connect with customers and the local community.”

One of the key events at this year’s QME will be the Thought Leadership Panel discussion that will examine the position of coal locally and internationally.

The panel of influencers will provide well-informed feedback and compelling discussion on a range of hot industry topics and what needs to be done to keep coal mining a viable industry.

Chairman of the World Coal Association Mick Buffier will be a key participant in the panel. “It provides an open forum to discuss vital issues and illustrates how a collaborative approach from all industry stakeholders will create a sustainable and profitable industry,” he said.

Running throughout the whole event, QME’s ‘Content Series’ will showcase a number of themes that will provide tangible benefits and improvements to businesses in the industry. The topics in these seminar series will explore new technical advancements across the METS supply chain that can save time and money, investigate the best way to manage current assets and will examine the opportunities that exist for cross industry collaboration.

To kick-start this year’s program, Resource Industry Network will host a Safety Breakfast featuring guest speaker Craig Hamilton, mental health advocate and ambassador for Beyond Blue.

His discussion will focus on the cost of mental illness in the workplace to Australian businesses and what steps can be taken to address it.

Quarry and small mine operators will benefit from the workshop run by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines on Tuesday 26th July, which will be a refresher on the latest drill and blast safety standards and management.

QME will be hosting an opening party on the first day of the event, bringing delegates and exhibitors together in a relaxed environment where guests can connect and network. The grand opening party hopes to celebrate the Mackay region and the vital role it plays in the Australian mining industry.

To find out more about this year’s event and be either a visitor or exhibitor, click here to visit QME’s site.


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