Queensland’s mining industry has weathered the last two years particularly well, and the scale of this year’s Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) is a strong reflection of the industry’s buoyancy.
As QME returns to Mackay from July 19-21, the industry’s innovation, excellence, and world-class capabilities are again on display.
With a packed roster of over 250 exhibitors, including Hastings Deering, Komatsu, Mastermyne, RYCO Hydraulics, Volvo Penta, ABB Australia and Fulton Hogan, QME is certainly the largest to be held in Mackay for several years.
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the biennial event is a highlight on the local calendar and an excellent opportunity to showcase the region’s extensive mining capabilities.
“QME is a barometer of the resources sector’s confidence and operational scale in Queensland – and in 2022, it looks to be the best in nearly a decade,” Williamson said.
“We’re so proud of what QME brings to Mackay and are thrilled to host the exhibition at the Mackay Showgrounds once again.”
Beyond the exhibition floor, QME features a free-to-attend Seminar Series sponsored by Komatsu, live demonstrations and presentations, plus exclusive industry events like the QME Opening Party and the Queensland Mining Awards. Exhibition Director Samantha Martin is excited to see the industry’s engagement with the full QME program.
“QME 2022 is breaking records in so many ways – our outdoor space is set to be nearly 300% larger than QME 2018, and we’ve got exhibitors from all over Queensland and Australia who are so eager to meet with customers face-to-face once again,” Martin said.
The Opening Party on July 19 – hosted by QME in conjunction with the Queensland Resources Council – is expected to attract hundreds of guests and will be sponsored by Hastings Deering.
Hastings Deering chief executive officer Mark Scott said the event will be an unmissable opportunity to network with the people who make things happen in the industry.
“We’re proud to partner with QME once again as they celebrate nearly 3 decades of showcasing the best our industry has to offer. It’s never been more important to connect with our peers, as that’s where true innovation happens,” Scott said.
It’s not just industry suppliers exhibiting at QME – major mining companies can be found in the Mining House Pavilion, including Anglo American, BHP, Bravus Mining & Resources, Glencore, Multicom and Whitehaven Coal.
The Queensland Resources Council is a strong supporter of the event, with QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane saying an expanded QME is an excellent reflection on the sector’s strength over the past few years.
“Mining is one of the top three drivers of the Queensland economy, and the royalties from the sector are essential to Australia’s continued economic growth and jobs,” he said.
“One in every six jobs in the state is supported by the resources sector, and in the last financial year we contributed a record $84.3 billion dollars to the Queensland economy.
“With this in mind, it’s fantastic to see the sector coming together at QME to discuss the next wave of innovation and how we can continue to stay at the leading edge of technology and sustainability for the future.
Anyone participating in or supplying to Queensland’s mining industry is welcome to visit the three-day event. In particular, engineers, management and site personnel will benefit from the program and exhibition.
QME will be held from July 19-21 at the Mackay Showgrounds. To register for free, visit qmeexpo.com.au.