May 14, 2017

Mount Isa gears up for MineX

Mount Isa gears up for MineX

It is all coming together at Mount Isa’s Buchanan Park Events Complex as the city prepares for MineX 2017.

Cranes, forklifts and trucks have been working to erect more than 40 tonnes worth of exhibition boothing, floors and other display fixtures ready for the gates to open at 10am this Tuesday for the Trade and Industry Only day.

MineX 2017 will showcase the latest innovation and technology, products and services in the mining, engineering and support industries.

Commerce North West president Travis Crowther said he would encourage everyone from small business owners through to industry representatives, tradies and those just wanting to know more about the mining and engineering industry to visit MineX 2017.

More than 2500 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

The 2017 program includes Meet the Buyer Business Matching appointments, a Regional Projects Forum breakfast, Mining the North West information session, evening networking functions and more than 80 indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits.

The Mining in the North West Information Session will feature speakers from key regional projects such as MMG Dugald River and Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline.

Event manager Katie Schrodter said MineX 2017 would feature an increased number of outdoor exhibits displaying large-scale equipment in response to feedback from previous exhibitions.

It would also host an increased number of catering options, she said.

This is the first year of MineX under its new biennial format.

“Feedback to date has been positive, with exhibitors noting less budget limitations to cover the expenses relating to attendance and the ability to showcase more products with a two-year hiatus since they last exhibited,” Ms Schrodter said.

She said the event was a significant contributor to the local economy with many car hire companies and hotels booked out well in advance.

“Not only does the event provide an economic boost but it also allows those in the mining and engineering sectors to showcase their products and services, potentially negotiate contracts, establish important networks and meet with key contacts who they may have not necessarily otherwise have been able to do so readily,” she said.

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