It’s that time again. It’s Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX).
Where once every four years the mining industry gathers in force to see the latest equipment, technology and innovations as well as to discuss the topics which are shaping the sector.
Staged just as the industry is recovering in force from the global financial crisis, the event will host more than 550 companies, showcasing big names such as Sandvik and Atlas Copco through to the smaller mum and dad operations.
While equipment has generally been the main focus of AIMEX, the show is taking a new tack this year and incorporating a series of ‘theme days’, which will look at addressing some of the key issues in Australian mining.
Each day of the exhibition will have its own theme, incorporating information and demonstration sessions, along with special networking events.
The first day of the event – Tuesday 6 September – will be ‘Safety Day’, while the Wednesday will be ‘Women in Mining Day’ and the Thursday will be a ‘Careers and Training Day’.
The final day, Friday, will be an international day.
On top of these themed days, there will also be a "Frontliners" focus throughout, aimed at mining industry professional at the coal face, such as operators, fitters, foremen, supervisors and technicians.
"At this year’s AIMEX, initiatives such as our themed days and Frontliner focus are designed to open up the exhibition to new classes of visitors involved in the mining industry, and encourage them to come along to the show," Paul Baker, exhibition director with Reed Mining Events, said.
"Each day will include information and networking sessions, which will be free for visitors to attend.
"In addition, our safety and careers/training days will incorporate demonstration and advice sessions relevant to these topics.
"Safety and skills shortages are of course key areas for the mining industry, which is why we are focusing on these," Baker said.
"Women in mining – which will be an element of all Reed Mining Events in the future – is aimed at encouraging more women into the mining industry, as well as ensuring it continues to develop a culture where they feel welcome and comfortable working.
"The international day is aimed at aiding export."
AIMEX is also playing co-host to Australian Mining’s 8th Annual Prospect Awards.
The largest to date, the awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the mining sector.