Coal shipments through the Port of Newcastle are close to record levels, mining expansion and development projects that were put on hold or delayed last year with the onset of the Global Financial Crisis are gearing up again, and some major infrastructure projects are about to kick off.
Mining & Energy (M&E) NSW, organised by Reed Exhibitions, and part of a structured program of resources industry events organised and managed by REEDMININGEVENTS, will be held at the Muswellbrook Showground from September 22-24.
Held every four years — alternating with the Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) held in Sydney, which is also owned and managed by Reed Exhibitions — M&E NSW is occurring against a background of strong activity in the Hunter Region.
This year’s show is on track to attract over 170 exhibitors, ranging from heavy equipment suppliers, suppliers of specialist equipment and products, through to a large number of big and small service providers, Reed Exhibitions exhibition manager — mining and construction events — Soren Norgaard said.
“The significant upturn in activity that’s just getting underway in the Hunter Valley provides a compelling reason to visit M&E NSW and see the latest products and services coming onto the market.
“In addition, over the next few weeks we will be announcing some exciting related events, which will give those attending the show an excellent insight into upcoming levels of activity in the region, and where the opportunities will lie,” he said.
Carolyn O’Brien, Economic Development Officer with Muswellbrook Shire Council, said the region is looking forward to further mining and infrastructure development over the next few years, which will result in a major boost to economic activity in the region.
“These include pre-production works on Xstrata’s $1.1 billion Mangoola Coal Mine now well under way, with the mine due to start production in the middle of next year — having been put back some months due to the Global Financial Crisis,” she said.
“On the infrastructure side, contracts are being let for the Muswellbrook-Gunnedah and Muswellbrook-Ulan rail links. Once constructed, they will substantially increase the freight capacity from the region.
“During this period, the employment situation has stabilised, and there have not been the skills shortages of a few years ago; however, demand for workers is likely to rise again significantly as these mines go into production,” O’Brien said.
Mike Kelly, president of the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said the region was well set up to welcome out-of-town visitors and exhibitors to the exhibition.
“The Chamber offers a warm welcome to exhibitors and visitors to M&E NSW 2009, and we certainly have plenty on offer in the region for visitors who are here for the show, and who might like to stay over for a few more days,” he said.
“In addition to motel and hotel accommodation, the district offers a variety of B&Bs and Farm Stay holidays and accommodation, while in Muswellbrook itself there is a variety of pubs, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.
“Muswellbrook, which is at the heart of coal mining and power generation in NSW, has hosted M&E on five previous occasions and we are looking forward to a successful 2009 exhibition,” Kelly said.
“Local service organisations will again be arranging special information and entertainment events for M&E exhibitors and visitors, with details to be publicised closer to the show.”
Typical of mine operators who will attend the exhibition is Joe Matthews, technical trainer with Bengalla Coal Mine.
“Shows like M&E NSW give you the opportunity to keep up with modern products and developments, and any changes coming down the track from suppliers,” he said.
“I anticipate I’ll go along over a couple of days with others in my team, and really spend some time there finding out all we can.
“From Bengalla over the three days we are likely to have around 100 people come along to the show.
“It’s a great opportunity to do a lot of networking, and meet with the various supply organisations that support our industry,” Matthews said.
Rob Swan, Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Australia’s Regional Manager, Eastern NSW, said M&E NSW is an ideal opportunity for the company to promote its increased presence in the Hunter Valley region.
“Through our participation in the AIMEX exhibition, we know that Reed Exhibitions has the experience and professionalism required to ensure a first-class exhibition and related events, attracting high-calibre, good quality visitors to the show,” he said.
“It’s very important to us to participate in proven, quality exhibitions, where the organiser has a good track record.”
According to Brad Bird, General Manager for Allweld Services, an exhibition such as M&E NSW is strategically important for his business.
“As far as we are concerned, Mining & Energy NSW is the only quality exhibition servicing the Hunter Valley region — which is why this year we have made a significant commitment to the event.
“Based on the success of our last M&E NSW four years ago, we have almost tripled the size of our stand and invited the world-leading brands we represent to participate by displaying their latest product releases and new technologies,” he said.
M&E NSW is the only exhibition in the Hunter region that offers exhibitors and visitors a complete exhibition package, including full exhibitor listings, audited visitor records, world-standard visitor registration and a fully transparent post-show reporting process.
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