International trade pavilions, trade delegations and the largest-ever footprint of overseas exhibitors will be a highlight of Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – AIMEX, to be held in Sydney next week. The largest mining exhibition in the Asia-Pacific, AIMEX 2013 will see more than 600 mining industry exhibitors covering an area in excess of 45,000 square metres at Sydney Showground from August 20-23.

“Both established and emerging market regions will have official international pavilions at AIMEX 2013, providing an opportunity for niche suppliers of products and services, or those making an initial approach to the Australian market, to have a presence at the exhibition,” says Reed Mining Events exhibition director Paul Baker.

Countries with international pavilions at AIMEX 2013 are China (768 square metres), Germany (594 square metres), USA (246 square metres), Canada (108 square metres), France (36 square metres) and Chile (18 square metres).

“In addition to these international pavilions, we have nearly 30 international companies, many of whom are first-time AIMEX exhibitors, showing their products and services to the Australian and Asia-Pacific mining industry,” says Paul Baker. In total, they will account for more than 3600 square metres of stand space – nearly 10% more space than international companies took at AIMEX 2011.

Paul Baker says the growth in international companies and pavilions at AIMEX reflects the growing importance of the Australian mining industry to the mining supply sector worldwide. “The space taken at AIMEX by international exhibitors has doubled in the past 10 years, and has continued to grow in the two years since our previous edition.

“It’s an indication of how the mining industry is changing rapidly; we have equipment and service suppliers who had not even been heard of outside their home markets just a few years ago, yet today they are competing on global markets.

“For Australian mining companies, these non-traditional sources of supply are claiming to offer opportunities to reduce their upfront capital equipment costs, as well as their whole-of-life operating costs – and that makes a compelling reason for miners throughout the country to come along to AIMEX 2013,” Paul Baker says.

The other major international presence at AIMEX 2013 will be in the form of international trade delegations. Through official AIMEX industry partner Austrade, trade delegations have been organized from a number of key international markets.

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