This year’s Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) from July 24-26 in Mackay is offering delegates a bigger experience than the 2010 event, with more than 650 companies registered to be part of the tradeshow. Reed Mining Events is organizing the exhibition and has secured an additional 20% floor space at Mackay Showground to give more companies the opportunity to showcase their equipment and services.

“There will be literally hundreds of new products and services on display, including just-released exploration, production, haulage and processing equipment as well as the latest in mine automation technology and environmental management systems,” says Reed exhibition director Paul Baker.

Almost 100 companies have announced they will use the event to launch new products, including Acidtek’s new hydraulic drill and mast rig, a new integrated linear actuator for process valves from Festo and Quik Corp’s innovative fire-fighting foam.

“This is a one in two-year chance to network with peers, suppliers and customers and there are plenty of opportunities to do so with daily crib sessions included in the program,” says Paul Baker.

This year’s QME will open on Tuesday, July 24 with discussion of the significant growth opportunities in the local coal industry expected to dominate the agenda.

“Three coal mining projects have been completed in the Bowen Basin in the past six months and a further 11 Queensland coal projects are in advanced stages with expected completion dates within the next two to three years,” says Paul Baker.

Another major infrastructure project already under construction is BHP Billiton’s $2.4 billion Hay Point coal terminal in Mackay which is scheduled for completion in 2014.

QME is the first in a major line up of mining industry exhibitions scheduled across the Asia-Pacific during the next 12 months. Newcastle in New South Wales will host the next expo in August.

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