Electra Mining Africa 2010 looks set to eclipse the previous record event in 2008 with strong market support and space selling fast.
The 2010 event will be held from October 4-8 at the newly revamped and refurbished MTN Expo Centre, NASREC, Johannesburg, and is being organized by Specialised Exhibitions.
The 2008 event attracted more than 41,000 visitors and 700 local and international exhibitors with exhibitor space selling out months ahead.
Specialised Exhibitions’ managing director John Kaplan says, “The support received from exhibitors and general business for the 2010 show is outstanding and indicates that there is continued growth, development and economic interest in the local mining, construction, industrial and power generation industries, despite the economic downturn that the industry has had to face, globally.
“We are extremely positive about 2010, certainly with all the excitement that the FIFA World Cup will bring to the country, but also the way that business, generally, is overcoming the recession and signs are that, having gone through a readjustment period to deal with the flattened economy, business is now ready to move into a growth cycle again.”
Exhibition manager Veda Koekemoer says, “The market is showing a definite positive trend and the demand for space has increased considerably, with most of the space either sold or on option. It’s been a very encouraging start to the Electra Mining 2010 year and we are certainly looking forward to a bumper show.
“On the back of the economic downturn, we are seeing a steadily increasing number of exhibitors confirming participation at the show, albeit with smaller space options, but this will make for a really interesting show with a lot of variety in terms of the products and services displayed by exhibitors.”
He says also encouraging is the increase in international interest in the show with many more countries participating than in 2006 and 2008. Countries include Botswana, Croatia, Italy, China, Belgium, Brazil, Austria and France. The Australian Trade Commission in South Africa has confirmed an Australian Pavilion, and reserve options are also in place for French, Italian and Canadian pavilions.
“We’ve also had enquiries from a number of countries interested in arranging Inward Buying Missions to the show. This is very positive for Electra Mining Africa 2010 as this certainly proves the exhibition’s credibility and value to the international market.”
This year Electra Mining Africa, which is the second largest mining show in the world and the biggest trade exhibition in Southern Africa, also features two co-located shows Elenex Africa and Transport Expo Africa.