The 2008 Goldfields Mining Expo has recorded a strong finish, with show visitor numbers substantially ahead of those for the previous exhibition in 2006.
According to Reed Exhibitions, which manages and organises the event with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI), interim unaudited figures for the three-day event indicated that a total of 4328 visitors (excluding children and other accompanying guests) attended the show.
This represents a 15% increase on visitor numbers compared with GME 2006.
“Reports from exhibitors indicated that the majority of them experienced a good show,” Soren Norgaard, Reed Mining Events’ exhibition manager said.
“Certainly some observed to us that they felt visitor numbers were less than they expected — but these numbers were spread out over a show that had nearly a 50% bigger footprint than in 2006.
“In addition, a frequent comment made was that GME attracted a high proportion of interested, committed visitors with a genuine interest in the industry and the products on display.”
KBCCI CEO Hugh Gallagher said he was very satisfied with the quality and diversity of the visitors that came through the gates.
“We had WA’s new Minister for Mines, Norman Moore, visit the exhibition on Wednesday, followed by the WA Minister for Water, Graeme Jacobs,” Gallagher said.
The three-day event featured 320 exhibitors, with net area of 10,500 m². Exhibitors ranged from large multi-national companies, such as Sandvik, Volvo, JCB and Caterpillar, to small family-run operations.