The Asia Pacific’s premier mining exhibition AIMEX is returning to Sydney’s Olympic Park in August, with a focus on innovation to help delegates make efficiency savings and lift productivity in the face of softening global resources prices. Organizers are expecting more than 600 exhibitors to showcase the latest in mining equipment, products and services from August 20-23.

Reed Mining Events says the show is growing exponentially with more than 17,000 visitors going through the turnstiles in 2011, an increase of 40% on the previous exhibition.

“The mining industry is going through a rapid rate of change and innovation, with a correspondingly fast pace of product development. In the two years since our last AIMEX, the industry has really focused on productivity and efficiency, and the need to reduce costs. In response, the emphasis among exhibitors and displays at AIMEX 2013 will be all about innovation; how the latest processes, systems, services and products can really meet miners’ demands for productivity and efficiency gains,” says Reed’s exhibition director Paul Baker.

Exhibitors at this year’s AIMEX will include a wide range of suppliers of innovative equipment, products and services aimed at lowering costs per tonne and increasing production and mining efficiency. “These include suppliers of large items of capital equipment, such as ultra-class dump trucks, underground loaders and trucks, longwall equipment and drill rigs, through processing equipment and systems, as well as training, safety and information management solutions. It is very much a national exhibition; we will have new products and services covering metalliferous and hard-rock mining, as well as coal mining – in both surface and underground applications,” he says.

Product development among suppliers to the mining industry means visitors to AIMEX 2013 are guaranteed to learn about innovative products, services, processes and solutions that they have not previously encountered.

“This exhibition will truly offer something for everyone who is involved in the mining industry across all regions of Australia – whether they are from the central Queensland coalfields, the Far North Queensland hard rock mines, the Pilbara iron ore operations or WA’s Eastern Goldfields, or whether they are closer to home in the NSW Hunter and Illawarra coalfields, or the gold, coal and other operations in the NSW Central West,” says Paul Baker.

“For long-term participants in the industry, there will definitely be new products and services they have not seen before, as well as the chance to network and catch up with colleagues and suppliers, and make new contacts. For new entrants to the industry – at any level – it is an unmatched opportunity to very quickly get up to speed on what makes the industry tick, and what are the key products, trends and developments,” he said.

The unprecedented demand for this year’s event has prompted Reed to open its online registration a month ahead of schedule.