16 Apr 2018

The 2018 Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) will be showcasing its largest and strongest supplier and speaker presence in years when it returns to Mackay from July 24–26.

Registrations have opened for Queensland’s largest mining and engineering exhibition – a free-to-attend trade event that brings together mining personnel, leading suppliers and renowned speakers, to discuss the latest in strategies and technologies driving productivity, profitability and protection of the industry.

QME 2018 will feature 35 per cent more exhibitors than in 2016, with more than 200 leading companies confirmed to showcase the latest in industry technologies via live demonstrations and product launches.

The strongest supplier line up in years will see industry heavyweights including Panasonic, Hastings Deering (CAT), GE Mining, Downer and Flender (a Siemans Company) in attendance at QME 2018.

“The Australian mining sector is increasingly using mobile devices to capture and transmit field data and integrate people, processes and technology. Given the extreme and hazardous working environments of the sector, mobile devices are exposed to some of the toughest operational conditions,” Panasonic Toughbook product marketing manager Clare Hose said.

“At QME, Panasonic Toughbook will showcase exciting new rugged devices and applications for the mining industry, including our two-in-one laptops, tablets and handhelds – which can help utility and mining companies enhance the productivity of their field based engineers, service providers, and offshore workers.”

With the mining industry once again poised for growth, QME 2018 will play an important part in refocusing the Australian mining community’s attention on the adoption of transformative practices to stay relevant over the next decade, particularly around digital technologies and maintenance.

In close consultation with the industry, QME 2018 has developed a content offering that is unmatched by any other event. The exhibition is complemented by a seminar series, workshops and networking events that provide visitors a unique opportunity to source, learn and network with their peers.

The QME 2018 seminar series will feature keynote presentations, case study presentations and panel discussions that are focused on six key areas: maintenance, automation and Internet of Things (IoT), procurement and supply chain, renewable energy, transport, and operational health and safety (OH&S).

These sessions will run across the three days of QME 2018 and will provide a unique opportunity to hear from leading experts on a number of topics.

“Since the doors opened 25 years ago to the very first QME, the event has built a longstanding reputation for bringing the best in Australian mining together, to collaborate and consider the industry’s domestic and international outlook,” QME director Brandon Ward said.

QME 2018 will also feature a Business Matching Program, which offers attendees a personalised itinerary of products and companies matched to their areas of interest, to maximise their time on-site.

The Bowen Basin Mining Club will again host the 2018 Queensland Mining Awards. This industry awards night has been strengthened by the partnership with Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and will be held during QME 2018.

For the first time, producers as well as contractors and suppliers will be recognised for cost and time-saving outcomes, innovation and safety outcomes in the industry.

Brisbane-based company Hastings Deering has been announced as the major sponsor, with event supporters this year expanded to include Austmine, Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ), Bowen Basin Mining Club, Mackay Airport, Mackay Regional Council and Queensland Resources Council. To register for QME 2018, visit