It’s done and dusted until 2019 but organisers are hailing the success of the first biennial Mount Isa MineX which wrapped up after three hectic days at Buchanan Park.
MineX 2017 organiser and president of Commerce North West, Travis Crowther said they had seen a lot of people through the gate over the three days with renewed vigour in the industry.
“The first day was industry only day and we’ve seen a lot of people of good quality come though and we’ve heard some great sales happened that day,” Mr Crowther said.
“I’ve heard there was a million dollar sale – they are a bit quiet on who it was – but we’ve heard its been signed and sealed and part of it for them, and it’s all about being able to exhibit your products and talking to people at the right time.”
Mr Crowther said it was a feather in the cap of the expo.
“With the changes to the centre, the layout changes, the industry only day, we’re making really good changes that are positive to everyone for exhibitors and the general public (who were admitted Wednesday and Thursday) so it’s a great outcome,” he said.
The industry only day on Tuesday was a new innovation for this year’s MineX and was well received by exhibitors.
“The trade only day gave a bit more time for exhibitors to talk to (business) without the traffic flow of the general public,” Mr Crowther said.
“It worked a treat, they are nice and fresh on that day and the meetings and the meetings we’ve matched them up have been the right matching and they have the information on the people before they arrive and they had 10-15 minutes with them which was quality time.”
Mr Crowther said they also encouraged the public to come down to enjoy the expo.
“There was plenty of stuff to see and plenty of freebies,” he said. “There’s information, for apprentices looking for quality products and even for trades they are not sure of, they’re getting some good educational training from the experts.
Mr Crowther said the expo puts Mount Isa on the map.
“Some of the exhibitors have never been this far west before and it brings a fair bit of income into town so it’s a double win,” he said.