MineX 2017 has ended, leaving a positive outlook and conveying the renewed vigour of mining in the north west, organiser Commerce North West says.
About 1500 visitors were drawn to Mount Isa’s Buchanan Park events complex for three days of talks, networking and displays.
Speaking at Tuesday’s Trade and Industry Day special guests like MMG’s Sam Rodda and Jemena’s Martin Edwards instilled confidence; highlighting projects such as the Dugald River mine outside of Cloncurry – which will be one of the 10 largest zinc mines in operation globally, and the Northern Gas Pipeline – set to create numerous jobs and employment opportunities.
Commerce North West President Travis Crowther acknowledged the contribution exhibitors made 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; one exhibitor reporting deals struck totalling in excess of $1 million,” he said.
“The new event layout was also very positively received by both the public and our exhibitors, and the tailored business-matching appointments on Tuesday saw us receive praise for the quality of the genuine sales opportunities”.
Technology such as Sandvik’s automated development drill rig and Outback Drones mapping, aerial videography and aerial photography proved to be major attractions.