QME: Day two in focus

Day two of the Queensland Mining Exhibition 2014 has seen busier traffic despite the apparently depressed state of the Australian Mining industry.

Event director Paul Baker of Reed Mining Events said he was satisfied with the turnout and level of activity at the show compared with the first day.

"It's definitely busier than yesterday, so its been pretty steady," he said.

"It's good to see lots of visitors still travelling the halls and pavillions, so its been quite a good day.

"At the end of the day, as long as the exhibitors are happy and making really good business contacts, that's what its all about."

Last night QME celebrated it's 21st birthday, inviting all exhibitors to join them for a party at the Mackay Convention Centre.

Paul Baker was joined by the mayor of Mackay, Dierdre Comerford, in cutting a spectacular dump-truck cake for the guests.

Wednesday held a number of highlights, according to Baker, including Channel 7s Sunrise program doing live weather broadcasts from the show in Mackay this morning.

"We've had a lot of media coverage around the event as well which has been pretty exciting, and helps to highlight the industry in a good light," he said.

Baker said one of the main highlights was the Women in Mining day, which included a panel discussion on women's issues within the industry with and 'Bubbles and Boots' networking session.

"It's quite a successful initiative- We had a full house in terms of the panel session," he said.

Guest speakers on the panel included Jodanna Pullen (commercial key account manager for Puma Energy), Leah Ross (Thiess mining superintendent at Curragh North and winner of the outstanding operator award at the 2014 Queensland Resources Council Resource Awards for Women), and Kym Clark (CEO of She's Empowered), with Lainie Anderson (director of Mining Family Matters) as panel moderator.

Baker said he thought this year's expo was quite different to last year in terms of focus leaning towards production innovation, demonstrated by the subject matter of the Tech Talks held by various companies throughout the day.

"The Tech Talks 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.

"That's really important as the industry transitions through to production, and they're looking for those efficiencies."

"What the exibitors are bringing to the show, its very much more focussed on the innovation side, its not about the big equipment, its about how they can improve current operations.

"It might be the smallest thing, the smallest tangible change within a process which could result in a one per cent saving difference, and thats what its all about, small changes that can make a difference to a large production line and product cycle."

Tomorrow will be the final day of QME 2014, and will feature a discussion on global mining project spending outlook by Joseph Govreau of VP Research at 11am.

Below: Celebrating QME's 21st birthday in mining style.


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