NT Resources, AIMEX and Exposibram Review

August and September is always a busy time of year on the mining expos and events calendar. Fresh from attending NT Resources Week (Darwin), AIMEX (Sydney) and Exposibram (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), here’s our report on the state of the global industry.
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NT Resources Week – 25-27 August, Darwin Convention Centre.

NT Resources Week encompasses three events; the annual South East Asia and Australia Offshore & Onshore Conference, the Annual Mining the Territory Conference and the annual Building the Territory Conference. It’s therefore a great opportunity to network and gain valuable information across a number of industry sectors – both public and private.

Transmin exhibited on stand 109 this year. Manning the stand we had capital sales engineers Evan Douglas and Mark Cracknell.

Both the mining and oil & gas industries are experiencing an obvious downturn, with mine closures and project delays due to the commodity price slide. On the other hand the NT Govt is very bullish in trying to spur the local economy, including a number of key infrastructure projects. The overall buzz at the conference is that the market is biding time for the commodity price turnaround.

Both exhibitor and attendance numbers were approx. 30% down from the same time last year. Although total numbers were down, Transmin found the quality of visitors to the stand to be up on previous years – with a lot of interest in Transmin innovative equipment aimed at improving operational efficiency on site, such as the Low Profile Feeder, and Rocklogic automation software.

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Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) – 1-4 September, Sydney Showgrounds.

AIMEX is still the region’s biggest and best mining expo, drawing exhibitors and attendees from all over the Asia Pacific, and further-afield.

Transmin exhibited on stand 2822, inside Hall 3 – the busiest of the halls.

Again, given the current slow-down felt across the industry, numbers were as expected down from previous years, however the overall attendance figures released by the show organisers were still impressive. AIMEX continues to present key opportunities on both purchasing and supply. With cost-cutting pressures being felt across the industry, the time is right for sourcing alternate low-cost suppliers, and there were opportunities on show at AIMEX from all corners of the Asia-Pacific region.

Mining innovation and automation in particular were key features this year, heavily spruiked by the show’s organisers (Reed Exhibitions) as representing the future of the industry.

To this end Transmin was keen to promote its multi-award winning Rocklogic remote-operation platform for rock breakers and pedestal boom systems.

Visitors to the Transmin stand had the chance to remote-operate a Transmin ‘Boomer’ series rockbreaker located at our Perth head office – over 4000km away, over the national mobile data network (as opposed to a private network). Click here to check out the video demonstration.

Even over a public network the Rocklogic demo ran smoothly, and demonstrated just how easy the system is to use – even for untrained operators. The key features of the Rocklogic system (aside from remote operation), include enhanced safety features such as slew-limits and automatic e-stops – preventing harm to surrounding equipment and personnel, and plant integration features that can dramatically improve productivity, whilst reducing down-time. For a detailed demonstration outlining the key benefits of the Rocklogic system, click here to view our YouTube video animation.

For further information on any of the above products and equipment, email sales@transmin.com.au.

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Exposibram – 14-17 September, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Exposibram International Mining Exhibition, and the 16th Brazilian Mining Congress, both took place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from 14-17 September 2015. This is the largest mining show in Brazil and is the ideal place to meet buyers, potential agents and partners, and get first-hand appreciation of the size of the market and competition.

Not just a regional affair, Exposibram is one of the largest mining expos in the world – in 2013, Exposibram attracted 58,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from 25 countries, as well as hundreds of delegates to the mining congress.

This year, Transmin exhibited alongside our Brazilian agency, TMSA, on stand M2.

Proving the mining industry is doing the hard yards everywhere at present, attendee and exhibitor numbers were down on 2013. However there was a prevailing optimism in the region thanks to a number of new projects coming on line, most notably Vale’s S11D iron ore mine – set to be the largest in the world.

Transmin has recently commissioned its first large scale capital equipment project in Brazil – a major milestone for the company, and one that we hope will lay the foundation for future success in the region. To that end the Exposibram was a valuable window at which to showcase Transmin’s knowledge and expertise.