AIMEX 2011 – Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – attracted record trade visitor numbers of more than 17,000. This was an increase of over 40% on those for the previous event in 2007. The exhibition, which was held at Sydney Olympic Park from September 6-9, was the largest mining exhibition ever held in Australia, with more than 600 exhibitors across over 50,000 m2. Highlights have been widely reported on this website and can be found in the archives.According to Paul Baker, Exhibition Director with organiser Reed Mining Events, initial unaudited figures show that AIMEX 2011 attracted a total of 17,382 visits over the four days. “Just over 75% of our visitors – 12,188 – were from New South Wales, with substantial increases in visitors from interstate, which were up nearly 60%,” he said. “In particular, visitors from Queensland increased 33% to 1,164.”AIMEX also attracted significant numbers of international visitors, totalling 1,288 from 49 countries, a 40% increase on our 2007 numbers.”Baker attributed the substantial increase in visitor numbers to a number of factors. “Certainly the fact that the mining industry in Australia is booming, with massive ongoing investment over the next five to 10 years, contributed to a very strong show.“AIMEX provided an ideal venue for a large number of suppliers of mining equipment and services to get in front of a substantial mining industry audience that is keen to see the latest technology and industry developments first hand,” he said.“Feedback from the great majority of our exhibitors was that AIMEX 2011 delivered a high-quality audience that was there to engage with them, find out about new technology, organise quotes and even place orders. Reed Mining Events developed a marketing program designed to take advantage of a booming mining industry, positioning AIMEX so as to appeal to the widest possible audience within the industry,” said Baker.“This included marketing to the industry throughout Australia – not just within NSW – and also working with mining companies to encourage their ‘frontline’ workers, as well as senior mining management, to attend AIMEX.“Through our AIMEX Frontliner program – aimed at mine equipment operators, fitters, tradespeople, supervisors and pit managers – we attracted significant additional attendance from these key purchasing influencers.“Another element of AIMEX that worked very well was our theme days, particularly Women in Mining, and our Recruitment and Training day.AIMEX will return to Sydney in September 1-4, 2015.
W Resources Plc, the tungsten, copper and gold, exploration and development company with assets in Spain and Portugal, has awarded the crusher plant contract for its La Parrilla project in Spain to Metso Minerals Portugal, a subsidiary of Metso Corp for €1.2 million. The crusher is a critical component of La Parrilla infrastructure as part of the expansion to 2 Mt/y of ROM which will be able to provide 2,500 – 2,700 t/y of tungsten concentrate.The crusher will be built in France and delivered to site within 24 weeks, well within the scheduled development time.The crushing circuit design will minimise the production of tungsten fines which are harder to recover than more coarse material. It is designed to a high level of automation and process control to ensure tight product specifications and to be able to quickly expand from 2 Mt/y to 3.5 Mt/y. This upgrade can be completed within a 90 hour shut down, with the addition of two further cone crushers and the incorporation of a X-Ray ore sorting circuit allowing W to expand its capacity with little operational disruption.Michael Masterman, Chairman of W Resources commented: “It is great to have agreed the crusher contract award with Metso, a world leading supplier based in Europe. We appreciate it has taken a little bit longer than anticipated, but this is often the unpredictable nature of contract negotiations. Importantly we believe the results in terms of design, quality, price and delivery time will speak for themselves.“Tungsten prices have increased nearly 25% over the last 12 months with momentum building over the last month which is timely for the development of La Parrilla. Debt financing continues to advance with planned debt financing completion in the second half of 2017.”