Several new names have registered to exhibit at the Asia Pacific’s largest mining forum in Sydney later this year, with GE Mining, Belaz and CME among those confirming their place at the exhibition.

AIMEX 2013 will be held at Sydney Olympic Park from August 20-23, giving equipment suppliers from non-traditional regions a stab at the lucrative Australian mining market with some unknown makes due to be unveiled to buyers for the first time.

Reed Mining Events director Paul Baker says it’s a sign of the times to see new names come on board for the exhibition. “Around the world, the names and brands at leading international mining exhibitions are changing with both new and established global manufacturers using these events as opportunities to launch into new markets, and AIMEX is no different.

“For visitors, AIMEX 2013 will be a unique opportunity to see new brands of equipment which are launching their products on the Australian market – and are determined to become a significant part of the mining industry here,” he says.

GE Mining, which recently acquired Industrea, offers a range of products and services for mining companies including power generation, water treatment and automation solutions.

Belaz from Belarus is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of mining trucks, CME is an underground coal mining specialist and part of China Coal, and XEMC, which is also a new name to exhibit at AIMEX, has signed an agreement with Rio Tinto to supply a fleet of 230 tonne haul trucks to the Mt Tom Price mine in the Pilbara.

During the past decade, AIMEX has seen significant growth in international pavilions from countries including China, India, South Africa and Chile, as well as global manufacturers from these countries, along with regions such as Eastern Europe and other parts of Asia.

“As an indication of the growing importance of AIMEX on the international mining stage, space taken by international suppliers and country or regional pavilions has doubled in the past 10 years – and is already set to be 10% bigger than AIMEX 2011 two years ago,” says Paul Baker.

Delegates can also look forward to visiting the established and well-recognized brands at the event. The continuing strong prospects for the country’s mining and resources sector is coinciding with Reed’s plans to increase the frequency of AIMEX from a four-yearly cycle to every two years.

More than 600 exhibitors are expected at this year’s event which will take in a broader section of the mining sector to include underground coal and hard rock mining as well as all types of surface mining.

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