A positive way ahead

GOOD GEAR: CBC Bearings' Michael Greelish, Gil Howard, and Sean Young display one of their sample rigs at MineX. Photo: Esther MacIntyre
GOOD GEAR: CBC Bearings' Michael Greelish, Gil Howard, and Sean Young display one of their sample rigs at MineX. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

Organisers of MineX Commerce North West say exhibitors and visitors have been left with a positive outlook and renewed vigour for the future of mining in the North West following the three day expo last week.

MineX Mount Isa is one of Queensland’s largest biennial mining based exhibitions and over 80 exhibits and 1500 visitors packed into Mount Isa’s Buchanan Park events complex for three days of talks, networking and displays highlighting some of the newest and most innovative products and services on the global market.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Trade and Industry Day MMG’s Sam Rodda and Jemena’s Martin Edwards installed confidence highlighting upcoming major projects.

MMG Dugald River operating manager Sam Rodda said the Cloncurry site would be one of the ten largest zinc mines in operation globally when it hits full production in 2018. Mr Rodda said employment preference would be given local workers in Mount Isa and Cloncurry before falling back on the Townsville FIFO hub.

Mr Edwards said Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline spanning from the Northern Territory into Mount Isa would also numerous jobs and employment opportunities.

Commerce North West President Travis Crowther acknowledged the contribution exhibitors played to the expo’s success.

“Like anything in business, the amount of effort you put in at events like MineX effects just what you get out of it, and this year our exhibitors have gone all out to make not only interactive exhibits but the most of the opportunity to meet with buyers,” Mr Crowther said.

“The new event layout was also positively received by the public and exhibitors, and the tailored business matching appointments on Tuesday saw us receive praise for the quality of the genuine sales opportunities”.

With technology such as Sandvik’s automated development drill rig and Outback Drones mapping, aerial videography and aerial photography proving to be the big showstoppers MineX’s return in 2019 and all the latest in technology in innovation will be hotly awaited.