MORE than six months out, the 2008 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in Mackay from July 22-24 — is fully booked, with companies wishing to exhibit now being placed on a waiting list.
Held every two years, QME 2008 follows the very successful 2006 exhibition, where 480 exhibitors attracted more than 10,000 visitors.
According to John Gorton, director — industrial with organiser Reed Exhibitions, all available space at QME 2008 has been fully committed, with contracts now being finalised.
“We now have a waiting list of more than 40 companies who would like to exhibit if space becomes available — and I would urge any companies considering participating in QME 2008 to get on our waiting list if they wish to have any chance of being there,” he said.
With Queensland’s mining and resources sector — along with construction, building and agriculture — continuing to boom, Gorton said that QME provides a unique opportunity for suppliers to interact with potential buyers across the mining, construction and agricultural industries.
“Increasingly, QME is becoming far more than just a mining exhibition, with significant numbers of exhibitors also showing products and services of interest to other key sectors active in Central Queensland,” he said.
QME 2008 will again feature the Queensland Construction & Machinery Expo (QCME), which will be integrated within the main exhibition.
“At QME 2006, 10.5% of our visitors indicated specific product interest in construction equipment and services, while 6.4% were interested in agricultural equipment and services,” said Gorton.
“QME is now recognised as the major event for this region; in 2006 we attracted over 10,000 visitors — more than 2000 greater than for any previous edition of QME.
“In addition, more than 97% of visitors surveyed at QME 2006 said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the exhibition, and over 86% said they intended to return for QME 2008.”
Queensland’s internationally competitive and export oriented mining and minerals processing sectors continue to be major drivers of the state’s economic growth, with coal alone contributing nearly $18 billion a year to Queensland’s economy — a figure which has more than doubled in the past four years. The Mackay region, location for QME, accounts for approximately 70% of that figure.
Established in 1993, QME has grown to become the leading industrial exhibition in central Queensland and is now firmly established in the mining industry’s exhibition calendar. It is supported by participants from throughout Australia, as well as internationally. This major exhibition status of QME is reflected by the endorsement and strong support it receives from government authorities and leading industry organisations, including the Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation, the Mining Equipment and Services Council of Australia and the Mackay Area Industry Network.
Visitor delegations from a range of countries and regions around the world will also be attending, with Chinese delegates in particular likely to be well represented — as they were in 2006. QME is part of Reed Exhibitions suite of Australian mining and construction exhibitions.
In addition to QME in July, in October 2008 it will present the Goldfields Mining Expo in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, while in August, the National Construction Exhibition (NCE 2008) will be held in Sydney.
Then in September 2009, the NSW Mining & Energy Exhibition (M&E) will be held in NSW’s Hunter Valley.
QME and GME will again be held in 2010, with Reed’s major four-yearly mining show AIMEX back in Sydney in September 2011.