AIMEX 2013, the first edition of Australia’s largest and longest-running mining exhibition in its new two-year format, has wrapped up after what organizers describe as a highly successful four days. AIMEX 2013 attracted more than 12,700 visits coming to see more than 650 exhibitors covering an exhibition site of 45,000 square metres.

AIMEX exhibition director Paul Baker says visitor numbers were very much as expected, and in line with current market conditions. “The buying power and quality of the AIMEX 2013 audience was regarded as being of very high quality.”

He says the exhibition provided a broad offering of products and services that the mining industry is currently demanding, with its emphasis on increasing productivity and efficiency, cutting costs, and mine optimization.

“We’ve had good feedback from mining company decision-makers across all levels that the exhibitor profile was exactly what they are looking for. With capital expenditure levels being managed carefully across the industry, miners are looking for innovative solutions to a wide range of needs,” he says.

“A consistent comment about AIMEX 2013 has been that it’s an exhibition which mining company representatives had to attend because it offered so many opportunities and solutions to the challenges facing the industry. We’ve also had feedback from many exhibitors on the high quality of those attending AIMEX 2013, including mining company chief executives, purchasing and supply people, mine management and operational personnel, and those working at the mine face.”

An important component of AIMEX 2013 was its integrated program of industry, community and educational events. “The related program of events was highly successful, from the sold-out AIMEX Industry Dinner, Women in Mining and Mining Safety Days, and the Discovery Forum and Productivity Solutions day,” Paul Baker says.

AIMEX returns to the Sydney Showground from September 1-4, 2015, and on the back of this edition’s success exhibitors are already booking their stands for 2015, with nearly 2000 square metres booked onsite.