The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-07-27T00:26:22Z Off to a great start: International turnout for QME 2016 2016-07-27T00:26:22Z off-to-a-great-start-international-turnout-for-qme-2016-1 27 July 2016, Sydney, Australia - The crowds did not disappoint on the first day of QME 2016, with an estimated 1,400 people coming through the doors to see hundreds of national and international exhibitors, including from Poland, China and the U.S. REEDMININGEVENTS’ Exhibition Director Robby Clark said that despite a smaller event expected this year, on account of the downturn in the mining industry, day one of QME 2016 was a success. “We are very pleased by the level of support not just from attendees, but from local stakeholders including the Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson, who has graciously welcomed us back this year and has been vocal in his desire to have QME connected to Mackay for many coming years,” Mr Clark said. “Traditionally, day two of the exhibition always tends to attract the larger crowds, so we are very excited to see what tomorrow will bring.” The day kicked off a little earlier for some however, who were up at the crack of dawn to attend the Resource Industry Network’s official launch day breakfast, where a sell-out crowd took in an address by ABC sports journalist and mental health advocate Craig Hamilton on mental health in the workplace. The well-attended breakfast was testimony to the industry’s clear interest in ensuring that all the right internal company structures were in place to adequately support those dealing with mental health issues. Himself a sufferer of Bipolar Disorder, which he has successfully managed since diagnosed in 2000, Mr Hamilton says that the transparency of employees in discussing mental health problems with their managers is also very important so that this information permeates through to business owners. According to Mr Hamilton, mental illness in the workplace currently costs Australian businesses a staggering $6.5 billion every year.  “Ignoring the problem and believing it doesn’t exist, or is too complex, is counterproductive,” he said. After the breakfast, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, the Hon. Mark Bailey officially launched the start of the exhibition. In welcoming everyone to the event, Minister Bailey, praised QME and stressed its importance not just to Mackay and Queensland, but also to the industry nationally.  “This is the twenty-third year of the event and it is very impressive to see suppliers from all over the country and internationally here today all in one spot collaborating, working together looking at efficiencies and improvements how we can make sure this is a growing sector again,” Minister Bailey said. Feedback to Reed Exhibitions from exhibitors was that day one was busy during the morning due to the official launch, and that overall, it was a great opportunity to see existing clients and generate new sales leads. Companies that were exhibiting or presenting today included big brands Toyota, ESS Engineering, Flexco, Metso, and Endress + Hauser and Scan Tech 3D, which showcased a live demo of a 3D arm scan which can assist the industry in reverse engineering, alignment set up, quality control, capturing data. ESS Engineering featured its new ‘Quick Change Trac-Mount Idler’ today which boasts frames that can be slid out of a conveyor belt by just one person, rather than requiring large machinery. More Air Group’s SMAC 40-D machines - small screw air compressors used on surface vehicles such as trucks and utes - were also on display to show case their ability to run continuously, with no downtime and in the harshest of conditions.  Safety Mitts, featured a zeroG tool arm that makes tool weightless. Managing Director for Safety Mitts, Timothy Lightfoot commented that the mitts are a user friendly, efficient and safe product that promotes industrial ergonomic design. On the agenda for today, day 2 of QME is a surprise inclusion from heavyweight mining company BHP Billiton Coal, which invites QME visitors to test their skills on two state-of-the-art mobile equipment simulators that it has brought to Mackay Showgrounds.  The off-highway heavy haul truck simulator, located at the front of the exhibition, and the grader simulator at the BHP Billiton Coal stand, are used to familiarise and train operators with all equipment controls and operating techniques to get the most out of the machines without putting the operators or their equipment at risk. BHP Billiton Coal said that teaching proper operating techniques to those in the industry is important to extend the overall life of mobile equipment, which dramatically reduces operating costs. QME – held in Mackay just once every two years is free for trade visitors and registration is now open at qmeexpo.com.au.   - Ends -Media Enquiries: Marta Wiacek Heard Agencymwiacek@heardagency.com 02 8979 7878    About QME: Since 1993, Queensland Mining & Engineering (QME) Exhibition has grown to become the leading industrial exhibition in central Queensland. QME is the ideal environment for all buyers, specifiers and industry professionals to come together to find the latest products and technologies, keep abreast of industry trends and network with industry colleagues. Countdown begins for QME 2016: Mackay’s premier mining industry event 2016-07-15T08:06:07Z countdown-begins-for-qme-2016-mackay-s-premier-mining-industry-event 15 July 2016, Sydney, Australia - With just one week to go until the highly anticipated Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) kicks off in Mackay (26 – 28 July), Exhibition Director Robby Clark has commended the mining community for its strong support of the exhibition this year despite the industry’s current market conditions.   “QME supports the industry in good times as well as in challenging times, so this year it has become particularly apparent to us just what QME means to the Mackay region.” Mr. Clark said.   “It is no secret that the mining industry in Queensland is experiencing some challenging times, however QME remains a significant event and we are very proud to bring a number of new features and experiences to this year’s exhibition to bolster the spirits of the mining community.”   As in previous years, QME has been warmly welcomed back to the region by Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson, who said that it was a privilege to confirm such a strong and enduring relationship with QME and its organisers.   “This trade show is a signature event on Mackay’s calendar, providing our region with national and international exposure, which is why Mackay Regional Council is a proud supporter of QME and is keen for it to remain a permanent fixture,” Mayor Williamson said.   Nearly 200 exhibitors have joined ranks this year ready to do business with industry professionals and present a snapshot of the high level of mining and engineering innovations and advancements that will ensure the future of the industry.   Notable brands exhibiting this year include Redfox Solutions showcasing its innovative thermal drones, Mastermyne Group presenting a newly formed Mastertec business, as well as Flexco, which will launch a new, cost-effectiove belt tracker solution which allows for heavy-duty use.   Toyota will also have a presence at this year’s event, showcasing its “Unbreakable” Hilux, which will display Toyota Genuine mining-specific accessories.   As the ‘Official Vehicle’ sponsor of QME this year, Toyota has supplied event organisers with a Hilux SR as well as a Fortuner Crusade, both of which will be available for visitors to view at the entrance to the expo.   Along with the best that technology has to offer, visitors can also expect a number of exciting new features at QME this year designed to propel the Australian mining industry into the future.   These will include a live demonstration program, business matching program and a targeted seminar series, which includes a first for the expo - the QME Thought Leadership Panel will take place from Wednesday afternoon 27 July to discuss the future of the international and domestic coal mining industries.   The panel will be officiated by the Minister for State Development and the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, who will be joined by a number of esteemed industry experts taking part in the ticketed event.   Panelists include World Coal Association’s Chairman and Glencore’s Group Executive - Coal Assets Mick Buffier, Peabody Energy’s Australian President Charles Meintjes and Director of Infrastructure and Economic Policy for Queensland Resources Council, Andrew Barger.   QME – held in Mackay just once every two years is free for trade visitors and registration is now open at qmeexpo.com.au.   - Ends -